The Royal College of Physicians in London has announced that it plans to sell part of its historic rare book collection.
The proposal has attracted some attention in the UK including a warning that the College may lose its museium accreditation.
The planned saie includes works that the Marquess of Dorchester bequeathed to the College in 1680, following the loss of its original libary in the Great Fire of London. The collection includes one of a dozen first editions of the Canterbury Tales, the first book printed in English (on the Continent) and books that belonged to the magus John Dee.
The holdings of the library are currently open to the public for research–if the collection is dispersed and books end up in private hands that may no longer be the case.
Below are three links to information about this library and the sale plans