Nicholas Crouch Library project begins

Thursday 29 September

Spine labels from the Nicholas Crouch collection at Balliol College Library

A Library project has begun to make an important early printed book collection accessible through cataloguing and conservation.

Crouch donor book at Balliol College LibraryNicholas Crouch enrolled in the University in 1634 at the age of 16 and spent 56 years at Balliol as a medical academic and practitioner. On his death in 1690, he bequeathed to the College a collection of books that reflect the intellectual, spiritual and political life of the turbulent middle years of the 17th century. Balliol College Library’s donor register records 319 volumes which he left to the College; other volumes in his library, probably given during his lifetime, are identifiable by their similar bindings and his handwriting inside them. His total library consists of an estimated 4,000 separate titles.

Contents page handwritten by Nicholas Crouch in Balliol College LibraryThanks to the support of a Wellcome Trust grant, a cataloguer and a conservator will spend a year at Balliol working to achieve a much higher level of accessibility for Crouch’s books.

Introducing the project, the Librarian, Naomi Tiley, has written a post on Historic Collections @Balliol. On this blog you can read about some of the very special things in the Balliol College Library and sign up to read more posts as this exciting project progresses.