library in the British Museum, named for antiquarian Sir Robert Bruce Cotton (1570-1631). He donated some book to the state and his grandson donated the rest. It was badly damaged in a fire in 1731. The surname represents Old English cotum, plural of cot "cottage."
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That dragons dwelt in mounds was a common Germanic belief, to which the Cottonian Gnomic verses testify.Beowulf|R. W. Chambers
This engraving is said to be "taken from a painted print in the Cottonian Library," of which I can find no trace.What was the Gunpowder Plot?|John Gerard
The twelve or fourteen hundred volumes thus bound filled an entire room, which the poet designated as the "Cottonian Library."
The purchases were made and joined with the Cottonian library, which was already in hand.A History of Science, Volume 5(of 5)|Henry Smith Williams
The arrival of the emperor is differently noticed in the copy in the Cottonian MS.A Chronicle of London from 1089 to 1483|Anonymous