We are very pleased to announce the recent publication of Matthew Yeo’s The Acquisition of Books by Chetham’s Library, 1655-1700, part of Brill’s Library of the Written Word series. It began life as a thesis submitted by Matthew for his AHRC Collaborative Doctorate at Chetham’s Library and the University of Manchester, which he undertook from 2006-2009.
Matthew’s eminently well-written and readable work examines the motivation and method behind the Library’s earliest acquisitions and their significance for the study of provincial intellectual culture and the early modern book trade.
Matthew studied Modern History at Oxford and Princeton Universities, and now teaches History at Charterhouse School. We all enjoyed his spell with us at Chetham’s enormously, and miss his scholarly ways, his cheerful countenance and his enthusiasm and talent for tea-making very much indeed. We wish him all the best for the future, not least in respect of his recent marriage to Ellie.