The Perne and Ward libraries

The Perne and Ward Libraries is a new blog about the libraries at Peterhouse, Cambridge.

The Perne is one of the secret wonders of Cambridge. Based around the bequest left to the college by Andrew Perne, Master of Peterhouse from 1553 to 1589, it contains many other early modern books too, making around four thousand volumes in all. The books are housed in beautiful seventeenth-century shelving and furniture: to see quite how stunning the library is, read my previous post about the Perne here.

The Ward, apart from being where I spent every waking hour between March and May of 2001 frantically cramming for my finals, is Peterhouse’s undergraduate library, housed in Cambridge’s former Museum of Classical Archaeology. 

The first post is about Richard Crashaw, metaphysical poet and fellow of Peterhouse from 1637 until he was ejected in 1644. 

One Comment to “The Perne and Ward libraries”

  1. I found your blog last week when I was searching the internet for 17th century broadsheets. Thanks for taking to the time to post all these wonderful images! it would be great if you could publish a book or concise, illustrated pdf document with a similar focus to this blog. I hope you continue to post, or if you write for another website, or publish in academic journals, please make links available.

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