Treasured volume saved for the nation

The important annotated edition of plays by influential English dramatist Ben Jonson – earmarked for sale to North America – has now been acquired by the University.

An export bar was imposed on the book by the UK Government to give British libraries the chance to acquire it on the condition that they met the purchase price of £48,000.

With support from the Friends of Edinburgh University Library, Friends of the National Libraries and the John R. Murray Trust, the Library was able to purchase the volume.

We are delighted to purchase this landmark collection of works, and are grateful to our supporters for helping us save this volume of recognised cultural importance. The arrival of this book in Edinburgh in 2018 is a great moment for our collections, our students and researchers who will now have access to it through our Centre for Research Collections.”

— Dr Joseph Marshall, Head of the Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh.

Ben Jonson’s works appeal thanks [pdf]





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