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The founding of the British Museum

Author SLOANE, Sir Hans, bt. (1660-1753)
Title The Will of Sir Hans Sloane, Bart. Deceased.
Imprint London : Printed for John Virtuoso, near Crane-Court, Fleet-street. 1753
Price £210.00                 Terms of Business
Stock No HMF769
Description 8vo, [2], 48 pp, disbound, lacks half-title.
Notes At Sloane’s death, his executors were instructed to petition parliament to save his collections for the nation. Parliament, on hearing that they were being offered for £20,000 collections estimated at £80-1000,000 took up the offer, adding the Harleian and Cotton collections of manuscripts. By act of parliament dated 7. June 1753 they constituted the founding collections of the British Museum.