8 June 2016: The Regency Library of Elizabeth Greenly
We have recently acquired several lots from the sale of the Regency library of Elizabeth Greenly, later Lady Elizabeth Coffin Greenly.
Elizabeth Greenly, born at Titley Court, Herefordshire, was a noted and varied collector and supporter of the arts. Her life is well recorded as she kept prolific diaries from 1784 until her death in 1839, These were known as The Greenly Diaries. These diaries documented her responses to current events and occasions in her daily life and included names and anecdotes of celebrities of the time. Names that appear include Lord Byron, Marie Antoinette, Lady Oxford, Mary Wollstonecraft, Hannah More and Sarah Siddons. She was known to comment on customs of foreign countries to which she and her friends travelled and had a keen interest in scientific discoveries and advancements in medicine and archaeology.
The Greenly library contents show Elizabeth Greenly’s numerous interests. Chief among these are Welsh literature and causes. She also had an interest in science, topography, travel, Bibliana and general literature, particularly female poets. The library contained many first editions of contemporary works and many were signed or with her bookplate. With over 1000 volumes the library shows the diversity and depth of Elizabeth Greenly’s interests and gives an insight into the life of this fascinating collector.
The Titley Court library also contained many volumes from the wider Greenly family. Titley court was home to the Greenly family for over 500 years and has a long and fascinating history. Notably members of the Greenly family include famous Victorian Geologist Edward Greenly, and William Bradford, a founding father who travelled to America on the Mayflower and who was closely associated with the Greenly family at Titley Court through marriage.
Volumes from this fascinating library have been added to our website over the last few weeks with more to come, so keep an eye out!