Shrewsbury book collector gifts LGBT 'legacy'

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An LGBT book collector "passionate about justice" has left his 30,000-piece collection to a university. Jonathan Cutbill, a founder of Gay's The Word bookshop in London's Bloomsbury, died last May aged 82. His collection, which dates back to 1760, will be moved from his Shrewsbury home to the University of London. [...]

Mr Cutbill's obituary in The Guardian, details how the Bloomsbury shop was raided by customs officers in 1984 and Mr Cutbill was among those accused of conspiracy to import obscene material. Mr Hardy said the raid, in which some books were confiscated, sparked a campaign by publishers and booksellers, who raised money to defend the charges. They were eventually dropped.

source: Article < Shrewsbury book collector gifts LGBT 'legacy' >; www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-51193869; BBC News; 23 January 2020