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The foundations of future knowledge

His royal favour

Moore’s books and manuscripts have been at the heart of research for the three hundred years that they have been part of the University Library. Increasingly they are used by scholars not just in Cambridge, but around the world, through printed editions and, increasingly, digitised facsimiles. Printed volumes from the Royal Library are used every day by Library readers, with an average of 30 fetched each week to the Rare Books Reading Room.

New discoveries continue to be made as scholars bring new questions to Moore’s books and manuscripts. The Library’s recent Incunabula Project studied Moore’s fifteenth-century printed books in detail, finding previously unknown annotations and former owners, and opening up new avenues for study. Moore’s collection is also appreciated beyond the academic context; the Book of Deer is at the heart of a community project in Aberdeenshire to study Celtic culture and history.