By Montague Rhodes James
M. R. James (1862-1936) is maybe most sensible remembered as a author of chilling ghost tales, yet he was once a great pupil of medieval literature and palaeography, who served either as Provost of King's collage, Cambridge, and as Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, and plenty of of his tales replicate his educational heritage. His descriptive catalogues of manuscripts owned by way of faculties, cathedrals and museums are nonetheless of price to researchers this day. This quantity describes the McClean assortment, bequeathed to the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1904 via Frank McClean, a Victorian polymath who was once a civil engineer by way of career but additionally pursued medical learn and the gathering of antiquities, together with the 201 manuscripts and 230 early revealed books now within the Fitzwilliam Museum. The publication is illustrated with 108 plates displaying folios from the gathering.