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In recent years there's been a growing trend for universities and public libraries to put scans of their archives online. This is very good news, because it means the public can see (for example) Erasmus' original works without a.) Security putting them through the third degree or b.) getting their sweaty grubby hands all over the ancient text.

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Manuscript of the week: Lambeth Palace MS 2086

William Rawley's miscellany: "A collection of more than 900 anecdotes, apophthegms, memoranda, proverbs, and recipes", dating from the early seventeenth century.

See it here.

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