William Crashaw

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William Crashaw (1572–1626), the father of Richard Crashaw the poet, was a Puritan divine, fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, and Preacher at the Inner and Middle Temples.

The Earl of Southampton bought the larger part of his library for St John's College, Cambridge,[1] where it remains. He presented the printed books in 1634, reserving the manuscripts, which he presented to the College, as a joint gift from himself and his wife in 1635. There is a catalogue of the printed books in St John's MS.U.4 and of the 162 Mss in MS.U.3 fols.56 7. Many of his books and manuscripts have his motto “Servire Deo regnare est”.[2]

Crashaw's armorial binding stamp has "An anchor encircled by its cable, in front of the stock two hands clasped in fess emerging from clouds at the wrists" with the initials W C.[2]

Shelfmark W/K-4-24
Flavius Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator. Magni Aurelii Cassiodori Senatoris ... Variarum libri XII. & Chronicon, ad Theodericum regem. Iordani ... De origine actibusque Getarum liber I ... 1583.
Armorial binding stamp 1 of William Crashaw with initials W C on both boards.
(British Armorial Bindings, stamp CRA003_s1).
  1. http://www.joh.cam.ac.uk/library/special_collections/early_books/pix/provenance/crashaw/crashaw.htm
  2. 2.0 2.1 British Armorial Bindings Database