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By K. Lesley Knieriem
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04 Then, indeed, he was "a mighty collector of books ... " 305 He employed an entire force of book hunters like Bateman, searching all over Britain 48 for books on all topics, both modern and ancient. On the continent, his agents were equally active, helping him to arrest the large-scale exportation of invaluable literary treasures from the country. At his residence, he employed a complete staff of copyists, illuminators, binders, and engravers. 306 Parker's activities as a collector occasionally brought him into rivalries with other such antiquaries as Stephen Nevinson, John Twyne, and especially William Cecil.
It stated that whereas the Queenes maiestie, hauyng lyke care and zeale as diuers of her progenitours haue had before tymes for the conseruation of such auncient recordes and monumentes, written of the state and affaires of these her realmes. . And for that most of the same wrytynges and recordes so kept in the Monasteries, are nowe come to the possession of sundry priuate persons, and so partly remayne obscure and unknowne: in which sayde recordes be mentioned such historicall matters and monumentes of antiquitie, both for the state ecclesiasticall and civile gouernement.
219 By 1628, John Earle was able to satirize the antiquary as a recognizable "type" in his Microcosmographie: Hee is a man strangely thrifty of Time past. .. Hee is one that hath that unnaturall disease to bee enamour'd of old age, and wrinckles, and loves all things (as Dutchmen doe Cheese) the better for being mouldy and worme-eaten.... Printed bookes he contemnes, as a novelty of this latter age; but a Manuscript he pores on everlastingly, especially if the cover be all Moth-eaten, and the dust make a Parenthesis between every Syllable.
Book-Fools of the Renaissance by K. Lesley Knieriem