Generations of Books: A Tasmanian Family Library, 1816-1994

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Title Generations of Books: A Tasmanian Family Library, 1816-1994
Author Buckridge, Patrick
Journal Name Library Quarterly
Editor Christine Pawley
Year Published 2006
Place of publication Chicago
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Abstract Woolmers Estate, near the town of Longford in northern Tasmania, was the home of the original Tasmanian branch of the Archer family whose head, Thomas, first settled there in 1816. It was occupied, in turn, by six generations of Thomas Archers, the last of whom died in 1994 without issue. During that 180-year period, a library of some one thousand books accumulated, and these were dispersed throughout the house, giving the appearance of an "endogenous" family library, embodying a process of civilized cultural dialogue across the generations. Closer inspection of the books suggests, however, that the library is a more complicated "exogenous" entity than this, assembled in part from the remains of another family library, perhaps to produce an effect of dynastic cultural distinction in the last two Archer generations.
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Volume 76
Issue Number 4
Page from 388
Page to 402
ISSN 0024-2519
Date Accessioned 2007-02-21
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-Textual Transmission and the Material Record
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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