Professor Adam Smyth (Professor of English Literature and the History of the Book, Clarendon University Lecturer, A.C. Bradley-J.C. Maxwell Fellow and Tutor in English Literature) has created a podcast in which he talks to cataloguer Lucy Kelsall and book conservator Nikki Tomkins about the 17th-century library of Nicholas Crouch, now in Balliol, and how to deal with fragile books.
Nicholas 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. Now the collection is being made accessible through cataloguing and conservation.
You can read more about the project at Historic Collections @Balliol, where Lucy and Nikki have been posting about their work and some of the ‘medical snippets’ they have found in the books as they have been working on them.