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Babcock, Robert G. Reconstructing a Medieval Library: Fragments from Lambech. New Haven: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, 1993. [Published in conjunction with an exhibition held between July 16 and September 25, 1993, at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical) *]

Backhouse, Janet. "Founders of the Royal Library: Edward IV and Henry VII as Collectors of Illuminated Manuscripts." In England in the Fifteenth Century. Ed. Dante Williams. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 1987. Pp. 23-41. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical) *]

Backhouse, Janet. "The Sale of the Luttrell Psalter." In Antiquaries, Book Collectors and the Circles of Learning. Ed. Robin Myers and Michael Harris. Publishing Pathways. Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliographies; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 1996. Pp. 113-128. [Re: London, British Library, MS Addit. 42130 (the "Luttrell Psalter").] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); provenance *]

Barker, Nicolas. Treasures of the British Library. 2nd ed. London: British Library, 2004. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical) *]

Barker-Benfield, B. C. St. Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury. 3 vols. Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues 13. London: British Library, in association with the British Academy, 2008. [Publisher's description: The series is "a comprehensive and systematic edition of all extant catalogues and cognate documents relating to medieval libraries in Great Britain."] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); manuscripts (catalogues: medieval libraries, historical) *]

Beal, Peter. "'Lost': The Destruction, Dispersal and Rediscovery of Manuscripts." In Books on the Move: Tracking Copies through Collections and the Book Trade. Ed. Robin Myers, Michael Harris, and Giles Mandelbrote. Publishing Pathways. London: British Library; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2007. Pp. 1-15. [* Subject heading: books and book history; book industries and trade; libraries and library history; medieval manuscripts; collecting *]

Beddie, James S. "The Ancient Classics in the Mediaeval Libraries." Speculum 5 (1930): 3-20. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); medieval education and literacy *]

Bell, David N. The Libraries of the Cistercians, Gilbertines and Premonstratensians. Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues 3. London: British Library, in association with the British Academy, 1992. [Publisher's description: The series is "a comprehensive and systematic edition of all extant catalogues and cognate documents relating to medieval libraries in Great Britain."] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); manuscripts (catalogues: medieval libraries, historical) *]

Birrell, T. A. "The Circle of John Gage (1786-1842), Director of the Society of Antiquaries, and the Bibliography of Medievalism." In Antiquaries, Book Collectors and the Circles of Learning. Ed. Robin Myers and Michael Harris. Publishing Pathways. Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliographies; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 1996. Pp. 71-82. [Primarily a description of Gage's various publications on medieval subjects, based upon his access to private collections of primary materials.] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); early printed books: ownership and collecting; history of antiquarianism *]

Birrell, T. A. English Monarchs and their Books: From Henry VII to Charles II. The Panizzi Lectures 1986. London: British Library, 1987. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); provenance; manuscript ownership and collecting *]

Brown, Cynthia Jane. The Queen's Library: Image-Making at the Court of Anne of Brittany, 1477-1514. Material Texts. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture; ownership and collecting; reading and readers (female, woman, women); book illustration *]

The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland. Gen. ed. Peter Hoare. 3 vols. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. [Publisher's description: "A History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland describes the development of libraries in Great Britain and Ireland over some 1500 years, and their role as a part of the social, intellectual and cultural history. In addition to obvious links with the history of books and literature, the volumes include consideration of education, technology, social philosophy, architecture and the arts, as they have affected libraries. The significant international dimension, which has affected British and Irish libraries from the Middle Ages to the present, receives due attention. Libraries vary enormously in size and purpose; they have often developed in ways which could not have been foreseen by their founders. A History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland seeks to trace these patterns of development as well as studying individual libraries and types of libraries, and in this way to illuminate not only libraries and their users but also the wider history of the British isles. Only in understanding their purpose and their context can the role of libraries be properly comprehended. Other themes considered in each volume include the housing, storage and maintenance of books and other material; the individuals responsible for their care and those who used them; developments in provision, organization and cataloguing; and the principles and attitudes--of librarians and users--which such developments reflect."]

Canfield, Cass. The Incredible Pierpont Morgan, Financier and Art Collector. New York: Harper and Row, 1974. [* Subject heading: manuscript ownership and collecting; provenance *]

Canfield, Cass. Outrageous Fortunes: The Story of the Medici, the Rothschilds, and J. Pierpont Morgan. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1981. [* Subject heading: manuscript ownership and collecting; provenance *]

Carley, James P. "John Leland and the Foundations of the Royal Library: The Westminster Inventory of 1542." Bulletin of the Society for Renaissance Studies 7 (1989): 13-22. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical) *]

Carley, James P. The Libraries of King Henry VIII. Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues 7. London: British Library, in association with the British Academy, 2000. [Publisher's description: The series is "a comprehensive and systematic edition of all extant catalogues and cognate documents relating to medieval libraries in Great Britain."] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); manuscripts (catalogues: medieval libraries, historical) *]

Carley, James P., and Colin G. C. Tite, eds. Books and Collectors, 1200-1700: Essays Presented to Andrew Watson. British Library Studies in the History of the Book. London: British Library, 1997. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); manuscript ownership and collecting; early printed books; history of antiquarianism; provenance *]

Cavanaugh, Susan H. Books Privately Owned in England, 1300-1450. Manuscript Studies 4. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 1988. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); provenance; manuscript ownership and collecting; medieval education and literacy *]

Cavanaugh, Susan H. "A Study of Books Privately Owned in England, 1300-1450." Ph.D. diss., University of Pennsylvania, 1980. [Abstract: "The value and interest of early library catalogues is generally acknowledged, and most surviving inventories of medieval institutional libraries are available in print. A mass of evidence survives pertaining to books privately owned during the Middle Ages, but this evidence is fragmentary and contained in such diverse sources as wills, inventories, household and other accounts, and ownership inscriptions in extant manuscripts. 'A Study of Books Privately Owned in England: 1300-1450' brings together a large sample of this information, chiefly from documentary sources. The dissertation consists of an index of private owners with a brief biography and booklist for each, an introductory discussion of sources used and problems of interpreting the material, and indexes of former owners and legatees. Based primarily on evidence from some eight thousand wills in printed collections, the study also includes booklists from unpublished wills and supporting evidence from various other printed and manuscript sources. While the catalogue is not definitive, it provides much factual information pertaining to literacy, language, the dissemination of various works, and areas of literary interest and activity. The diverse backgrounds of the individuals and the wide range of values and prices of the books represented in this survey indicate that literacy was fairly widespread and that book ownership was not a unique phenomenon, even for the middle classes, in England during the fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries."] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories, history of; book collecting; England; private libraries *]

Chartier, Roger. The Order of Books: Readers, Authors, and Libraries in Europe between the 14th and 18th Centuries. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1994. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); provenance; manuscript ownership and collecting; authors and authorship; reading and readers *]

Christ, Karl. The Handbook of Medieval Library History. Ed. Anton Kern; ed. and trans. Theophil M. Otto. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1984. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical) *]

Clark, J. W. Libraries in the Medieval and Renaissance Periods. 1894; rpt. Chicago: Argonaut Inc., 1968. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical) *]

Clarke, Peter D. The University and College Libraries of Cambridge. Intro. Roger Lovatt. Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues 10. London: British Library, in association with the British Academy, 2002. [Publisher's description: The series is "a comprehensive and systematic edition of all extant catalogues and cognate documents relating to medieval libraries in Great Britain."] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); manuscripts (catalogues: medieval libraries, historical) *]

Davis, Donald G., Jr., and John Mark Tucker. American Library History: A Comprehensive Guide to the Literature. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1989. [This is a bibliography on the history of libraries in the U.S.; it is an updated version of American Library History by Michael H. Harris (1978).] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical) *]

De Hamel, Christopher. "The Illuminated Manuscript Collection of Edmond de Rothschild." In Antiquaries, Book Collectors and the Circles of Learning. Ed. Robin Myers and Michael Harris. Publishing Pathways. Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliographies; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 1996. Pp. 129-151. [Baron Edmond de Rothschild (1845-1934).] [* Subject heading: manuscript ownership and collecting; libraries and repositories (historical); provenance *]

De la Mare, A[lbinia] C. "Manuscripts Given to the University of Oxford by Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester." Bodleian Library Record 13.2 (April 1989): 112-121. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); provenance *]

Dickinson, Donald C. Henry E. Huntington's Library of Libraries. San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1995. [San Marino, CA, Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery.] [* Subject heading: manuscript ownership and collecting; provenance *]

Douglas, David Charles. English Scholars, 1660-1730. 2nd ed. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1951. [On the post-medieval movements of manuscripts.] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); provenance; manuscript ownership and collecting *]

Esdaile, Arundell James Kennedy. National Libraries of the World: Their History, Administration and Public Services. 2nd ed. Ed. F. J. Hill. London: Library Association, 1957. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical) *]

Fox, Peter, et al., eds. Cambridge University Library: The Great Collections. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998. [A set of articles on the "named" collections and subject collections.] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); provenance; manuscript ownership and collecting; early printed books: ownership and collecting *]

Friis-Jensen, Karsten, and James M. W. Willoughby. Peterborough Abbey. Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues 8. London: British Library, in association with the British Academy, 2001. [Publisher's description: The series is "a comprehensive and systematic edition of all extant catalogues and cognate documents relating to medieval libraries in Great Britain." "This volume brings together every catalogue and book-list to survive from the library of Peterborough Abbey, one of the great monastic houses of medieval England. The lists range in date from the tenth-century bequest of Bishop Athelwold of Winchester (the first such record to survive from England) to the select list of titles recorded by John Leland prior to the Dissolution of the Monasteries. A catalogue of the early twelfth century records 61 titles, and may conceivably be a record of what had survived the flames of a disastrous fire in 1116. A long list of abbatial bequests to the library covers the years 1177-1391 and includes the important donation of Abbot Benedict (1177-1193). The chief catalogue to survive is the so-called Matricularium, a peculiar and complicated document of the late fourteenth century, attesting some 347 compendious volumes. Certainly, this number of books can only represent a portion of the collection at the time, but the catalogue remains enormously valuable since it records the many subsidiary titles in each volume instead of merely the first, and allows a small number of surviving manuscripts to be identified as having been at Peterborough. Also included in this volume are texts which relate to the practice of reading in the abbey: the cycle of refectory reading during the liturgical year, and the annual distribution in Lent of books for private reading."] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); manuscripts (catalogues: medieval libraries, historical) *]

Fritze, Ronald Harold. "'Truth hath lacked witnesse, tyme wanted light': The Dispersal of the English Monastic Libraries and Protestant Efforts at Preservation, ca. 1535-1625." Journal of Library History 18.3 (1983): 274-291. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories, history of; book collecting; books and book history; libraries and library history; book collectors, collecting; medieval manuscripts; bibliography; destruction / survival of medieval manuscripts after Dissolution of monasteries; role of Protestants in preservation *]

Gaskell, Philip. Trinity College Library: The First 150 Years. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1980. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical) *]

Gillespie, Vincent. Syon Abbey. With "The Libraries of the Carthusians" by A. I. Doyle. Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues 9. London: British Library, in association with the British Academy, 2001. [Publisher's description: The series is "a comprehensive and systematic edition of all extant catalogues and cognate documents relating to medieval libraries in Great Britain." This volume is based primarily on the Register of the Syon Abbey collection, in the hand of Thomas Betson, preserved in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 141.] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); manuscripts (catalogues: medieval libraries, historical) *]

Hall, F. W. "The Nomenclature of Greek and Latin MSS. with the Names of Former Possessors." Chap. 9 of his A Companion to Classical Texts. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1913. Pp. 286-357. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); provenance; manuscript ownership and collecting *]

Hermann, Frank. The English as Collectors. London: John Murray, 1999. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); early printed books: ownership and collecting; history of antiquarianism *]

Higgitt, John. Scottish Libraries. Intro. John Durkan. Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues 12. London: British Library, in association with the British Academy, 2006. [Publisher's description: The series is "a comprehensive and systematic edition of all extant catalogues and cognate documents relating to medieval libraries in Great Britain."] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); manuscripts (catalogues: medieval libraries, historical) *]

Humphreys, K[enneth] W., ed. The Friars' Libraries. Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues 1. London: British Library, in association with the British Academy, 1990. [A catalogue and edition of surviving book lists of various convents, including Oxford Greyfriars (for which no catalogue survives, but evidence exists from comments of medieval readers).] [Publisher's description: The series is "a comprehensive and systematic edition of all extant catalogues and cognate documents relating to medieval libraries in Great Britain."] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); manuscripts (catalogues: medieval libraries, historical) *]

Hunt, Arnold. "Bibliotheca Heberiana." In Antiquaries, Book Collectors and the Circles of Learning. Ed. Robin Myers and Michael Harris. Publishing Pathways. Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliographies; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 1996. Pp. 83-112. [On the creation and dispersal of the collection of Richard Heber (1774-1833), a library of some 150,000 volumes.] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); provenance; early printed books: ownership and collecting *]

Irwin, Raymond. The English Library: Sources and History. London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd., 1966. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical) *]

Irwin, Raymond. The Heritage of the English Library. London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd., 1964. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical) *]

James, Montague Rhodes. The Wanderings and Homes of Manuscripts. Helps for Students of History 17. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1919. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); provenance; manuscript ownership and collecting *]

Jayne, Sears Reynolds. Library Catalogues of the English Renaissance. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1956. [Rpt. Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliographies, 1983.] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical) *]

Jones, E. A., and Alexandra Walsham, eds. Syon Abbey and its Books: Reading, Writing and Religion, c.1400-1700. Woodbridge, Suffolk, and Rochester, NY: Boydell Press / Boydell and Brewer, 2010. [* Subject Heading: libraries and repositories, history of; book collecting; Syon Abbey; Church history; monasticism; books and reading; religious orders *]

Ker, N[eil] R. "The Migration of Manuscripts from the English Medieval Libraries." The Library 4th ser. 23 (1942-1943): 1-11. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); provenance; manuscript ownership and collecting *]

Ker, N[eil] R., ed. Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books. 2nd ed. London: Royal Historical Society, 1964. [With a supplement by A. G. Watson. A guide to the contents of medieval libraries, reconstructed from ownership marks in surviving manuscripts.] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); provenance *]

Ker, Neil R. Books, Collectors and Libraries: Studies in the Medieval Heritage. Ed. Andrew G. Watson. London and Ronceverte, WV: Hambledon, 1985. [* Subject heading: manuscript ownership and collecting; provenance; libraries and repositories (historical); provenance *]

Kibre, Pearl. "Intellectual Interests Reflected in Libraries of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries." Journal of the History of Ideas 7 (1946): 257-297. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); medieval education and literacy *]

Kiessling, Nicolas K. The Library of Robert Burton. Oxford: Oxford Bibliographical Society, 1988. [* Subject heading: manuscript ownership and collecting; provenance *]

König, Jason, Katerina Oikonomopoulou, and Greg Woolf, eds. Ancient Libraries. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. [Publisher's description: "The circulation of books was the motor of classical civilization. But books were both expensive and rare, and so libraries - private and public, royal and civic - played key roles in articulating intellectual life. This collection, written by an international team of scholars, presents a fundamental reassessment of how ancient libraries came into being, how they were organized, and how they were used. Drawing on papyrology and archaeology, and on accounts written by those who read and wrote in them, it presents new research on reading cultures, on book collecting, and on the origins of monumental library buildings. Many of the traditional stories told about ancient libraries are challenged. Few were really enormous, none were designed as research centres, and occasional conflagrations do not explain the loss of most ancient texts. But the central place of libraries in Greco-Roman culture emerges more clearly than ever."] [Contents: 1. Libraries in ancient Egypt / Kim Ryholt -- 2. Reading the libraries of Assyria and Babylonia / Eleanor Robson -- 3. Fragments of a history of ancient libraries / Christian Jacob -- 4. Men and books in fourth-century BC Athens / Massimo Pinto -- 5. From text to text: the impact of the Alexandrian Library on the work of Hellenistic poets / Annette Harder -- 6. Where was the Royal Library of Pergamon? An institution found and lost again / Gaelle Coqueugniot -- 7. Priests, patrons and playwrights: libraries in Rome before 168 BC / Mike Affleck -- 8. Libraries in a Greek working life: Dionysius of Halicarnassus, a case study in Rome / Daniel Hogg -- 9. Libraries and intellectual debate in the Late Republic: the case of the Aristotelian corpus / Fabio Tutrone -- 10. Ashes to ashes? The Library of Alexandria after 48 BC / Myrto Hatzimichali -- 11. The non-Philodemus book collection in the Villa of the Papyri / George W. Houston -- 12. 'Beware of promising your library to anyone': assembling a private library at Rome / T. Keith Dix -- 13. Libraries for the Caesars / Ewen Bowie -- 14. Roman libraries in the city of Rome / Matthew Nicholls -- 15. Flavian libraries in the city of Rome/ Pier Luigi Tucci -- 16. Archives, books and sacred space in Rome / Richard Neudecker -- 17. Visual supplementation and metonymy in the Roman public library / David Petrain -- 18. Libraries and reading culture in the High Empire / William A. Johnson -- 19. Myth and history: Galen and the Alexandrian library / Michael W. Handis -- 20. Libraries and paideia in the Second Sophistic: Galen and Plutarch / Alexei V. Zadorojnyi -- 21. The professional and his books: special libraries in the Roman world / Victor Martínez and Megan Finn Senseney.] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories, history of; book collecting; libraries: history; Ancient; Egyptian; Roman; Greek; intellectual history *]

Krochalis, Jeanne E. "The Books and Reading of Henry V and his Circle." Chaucer Review 23 (1988-1989): 50-77. [* Subject heading: manuscript ownership and collecting; provenance; medieval education and literacy; reading and readers *]

Matsuda, Takami, Richard A. Linenthal, and John Scahill, eds. The Medieval Book and a Modern Collector: Essays in Honour of Toshiyuki Takamiya. Cambridge, and Rochester, NY: D. S. Brewer / Boydell and Brewer; Tokyo: Yushodo Press, 2004. [Publisher's description: Essays on medieval manuscripts and early printed books, including some manuscripts from Professor Takamiya's collection which have not previously been described. "The subjects range from Saint Jerome to Tolkien, with particular concentrations on Chaucer, Gower, Malory and religious and historical writings of the late middle ages. There are essays examining the work of early printers such as Caxton and de Worde, and of bibliophiles and antiquarians in modern times. Befitting a tribute to a bibliophile, this volume has been handsomely designed by Lida Kindersley of the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop in Cambridge, and is extensively illustrated. The volume as a whole constitutes a substantial body of research on medieval English literature, and early books and manuscripts."] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories, history of; manuscript ownership and collecting; medieval manuscripts; Middle English *]

Merryweather, F. S. Bibliomania in the Middle Ages; Being Sketches of Bookworms, Collectors, Bible Students, Scribes and Illuminators, from the Anglo-Saxon and Norman Periods to the Introduction of Printing into England, with Anecdotes Illustrating the History of the Monastic Libraries of Great Britain in the Olden Time. 2nd ed. Ed. H. B. Copinger and W. A. Copinger. London: Woodstock Press, 1933. [* Subject heading: manuscript production (monastic scriptoria); manuscript ownership and collecting; provenance *]

Molencki, Rafal. "Early Medieval Manuscripts in the Durham Cathedral Library." Kwartalnik Neofilologiczny 35 (1988): 85-89. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); provenance *]

Munby, A[lan] N[oel] L[atimer], and Nicolas Barker. Portrait of an Obsession: The Life of Sir Thomas Phillipps, the World's Greatest Book Collector. London: Constable, 1967. [An abridgement by Barker of Munby's five-volume Phillipps Studies.] [* Subject heading: manuscript ownership and collecting; provenance *]

Myers, Robin, and Michael Harris, eds. Antiquaries, Book Collectors and the Circles of Learning. Publishing Pathways. Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliographies; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Books, 1996. [A collection of articles on manuscript and book collectors and early antiquarian scholarship.] [* Subject heading: manuscript ownership and collecting; provenance; early printed books: ownership and collecting *]

Myers, Robin, and Michael Harris, ed. Bibliophily. Publishing History, Occasional Series 2. Cambridge, and Alexandria, VA: Chadwyck-Healey, 1986. [Proceedings of the seventh annual conference on book trade history, at the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London, in Nov. 1985.] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); provenance; early printed books: ownership and collecting; manuscript ownership and collecting *]

Myers, Robin, and Michael Harris, eds. Property of a Gentleman. Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliographies; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Books, 1996. [* Subject heading: manuscript ownership and collecting; provenance; manuscripts (catalogues: sale); libraries and repositories (historical); early printed books (catalogues: sale) *]

Myers, Robin, Michael Harris, and Giles Mandelbrote, eds. Books on the Move: Tracking Copies through Collections and the Book Trade. Publishing Pathways. London: British Library; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2007. [Publisher's description: "The present volume is the twenty-seventh in the series of proceedings of the annual conference on book trade history, which started in 1979. This conference was held at Wesley's Chapel in City Road on 1 and 2 December 2006, under the auspices of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association."] [Contents: 'Lost': the destruction, dispersal and rediscovery of manuscripts / Peter Beal -- What can we learn by tracking multiple copies of books? / David Pearson -- The creation and dispersal of the library of Gian Vincenzo Pinelli / Angela Nuovo -- Books from the library of Andreas Dudith (1533-89) in the library of Isaac Vossius (1618-89) / Astrid Balsem -- From Venice and Naples to Paris, The Hague, London, Oxford, Berlin--: the odyssey of the manuscript collection of Gerard and Johan Meerman / Jos van Heel -- Pathways to survival of books of hours printed in Italy in the fifteenth century / Cristina Dondi -- Bibliophily and public-private partnership: the library of Gustave van Havre (1817-92) and its afterlife in Antwerp libraries / Pierre Delsaerdt.] [Subject heading: libraries and repositories, history of; book collecting; book history; book industries and trade; libraries and library history; medieval manuscript collecting *]

Nurse, Bernard. "The Library of the Society of Antiquaries of London: Acquiring Antiquaries' Books over Three Centuries." In Antiquaries, Book Collectors and the Circles of Learning. Ed. Robin Myers and Michael Harris. Publishing Pathways. Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliographies; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 1996. Pp. 153-158. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); provenance; early printed books: ownership and collecting; history of the Society of Antiquaries *]

Parkes, M. B. "Book Provision and Libraries at the Medieval University of Oxford: The Robert F. Metzdorf Memorial Lecture, 1987." The University of Rochester Library Bulletin 40 (1987-1988): 28-43. [An early draft of his chapter on Oxford Libraries for The History of the University of Oxford vol. 2.] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); medieval education and literacy *]

Parkes, M. B. "The Provision of Books." In Late Medieval Oxford. Ed. J. I. Catto and Ralph Evans. Vol. 2 of The History of the University of Oxford. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992. Pp. 407-483 plus a set of plates [positioned towards the end of the previous article]. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); medieval education and literacy *]

Pearson, David. Provenance Research in Book History: A Handbook. British Library Studies in the History of the Book. London: British Library, 1994. ["Surveys the different kinds of ownership evidence which may be found in books, focusing on British book owners between 1500 and 1800."] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); provenance; early printed books: ownership and collecting *]

Pearson, David. "Scholars and Bibliophiles: Book Collectors in Oxford, 1550-1650." In Antiquaries, Book Collectors and the Circles of Learning. Ed. Robin Myers and Michael Harris. Publishing Pathways. Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliographies; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 1996. Pp. 1-26. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); provenance; early printed books: ownership and collecting *]

Piper, A. J. "The Libraries of the Monks of Durham." In Medieval Scribes, Manuscripts and Libraries: Essays Presented to N. R. Ker. Ed. M. B. Parkes and Andrew G. Watson. London: Scolar Press, 1978. Pp. 213-250. [Durham Cathedral Library contains the largest number of survivals of books for any medieval English institution. 230 volumes are now housed in other libraries, and 330 remain at Durham.] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); provenance *]

Plimpton, George Arthur. The Education of Chaucer Illustrated from the Schoolbooks in Use in his Time. London: Oxford University Press, 1935. [Rpt. New York: AMS, 1971.] [The book is illustrated with reproductions of pages from medieval manuscripts in Plimpton's own collection (now in the Library of Columbia University, New York).] [* Subject heading: manuscript ownership and collecting; provenance; medieval education and literacy; Geoffrey Chaucer (reading, education) *]

Pollard, Alfred W., Harold Mattingly, and I. A. K. Burnett. List of Catalogues of English Book Sales 1676-1900, Now in the British Museum. London: British Museum, 1915. [Rpt. London: Martino Fine Books, 1994.] [A catalogue of sale catalogues, from the first known auction of books in England in 1676.] [London, British Library.] [* Subject heading: manuscript ownership and collecting; provenance; manuscripts (catalogues: sale); libraries and repositories (historical); early printed books (catalogues: sale) *]

Prescott, Andrew. "'Their Present Miserable State of Cremation': The Restoration of the Cotton Library." In Sir Robert Cotton as Collector: Essays on an Early Stuart Courtier and his Legacy. Ed. C. J. Wright. London: British Library, 1997. Pp. 391-454. [On the damage done by the fire at Cotton's library in 1731, and the efforts towards salvage and conservation then and more recently.] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); manuscript ownership and collecting; Sir Robert Cotton *]

Preston, Jean F. "Collecting Medieval Manuscripts at Princeton." Princeton University Library Chronicle 51 (1989): 12-25. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); manuscript ownership and collecting *]

Ramsay, Nigel, and James M. W. Willoughby. Hospitals, Towns, and the Professions. Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues 14. London: British Library, in association with the British Academy, 2009. [Publisher's description: The series is "a comprehensive and systematic edition of all extant catalogues and cognate documents relating to medieval libraries in Great Britain." This volume "[c]omprises annotated book records of medieval secular foundations that were neither cathedrals or colleges. The institutions represented comprise hospitals, towns, town guilds, and professional guilds. . . . Includes inventories from the English hospital of St Thomas in Rome. This volume also includes booklists for various professional and clerical libraries, including those of the College of Arms, the Inns of Court, the Court of Arches, town guilds, grammar schools, and the 'public' libraries of medieval England, such as London's Guildhall."] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); manuscripts (catalogues: medieval libraries, historical) *]

Rickert, Edith. "King Richard II's Books." The Library, 4th series, 13 (1933): 144-147. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); provenance; reading and readers *]

Rogers, David. The Bodleian Library and its Treasures, 1320-1700. Henley-on-Thames: Aidan Ellis, 1991. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical) *]

Rouse, Richard H., and Mary A. Rouse, eds. Henry of Kirkestede, Catalogus de Libris Autenticis et Apocrifis. Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues 11. London: British Library, in association with the British Academy, 2004. [Publisher's description: The series is "a comprehensive and systematic edition of all extant catalogues and cognate documents relating to medieval libraries in Great Britain."] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); manuscripts (catalogues: medieval libraries, historical) *]

Rouse, Richard H., and Mary A. Rouse, eds. Registrum Anglie de Libris Doctorum et Auctorum Veterum. The Latin text established by R. A. B. Mynors. Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues 2. London: British Library, in association with the British Academy, 1991. [Publisher's description: The series is "a comprehensive and systematic edition of all extant catalogues and cognate documents relating to medieval libraries in Great Britain."] [A fourteenth-century English "national union catalogue" of the contents of the libraries of various religious houses.] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); manuscripts (catalogues: medieval libraries, historical) *]

Rouse, Richard H., and Mary A. Rouse. "The Franciscans and Books: Lollard Accusations and the Franciscan Response." In From Ockham to Wyclif. Ed. Anne Hudson and Michael Wilks. Studies in church history, Subsidia 5. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, for the Ecclesiastical History Society, 1987. Pp. 369-384. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); medieval education and literacy *]

Saenger, Paul. "Books of Hours and the Reading Habits of the Later Middle Ages." In The Culture of Print: Power and the Uses of Print in Early Modern Europe. Ed. Roger Chartier. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987. Pp. 141-173. [* Subject heading: manuscript ownership and collecting; provenance; medieval education and literacy; reading and readers *]

Savage, E. Old English Libraries: The Making, Collection and Use of Books during the Middle Ages. London: Methuen, 1912. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); manuscript production; manuscript ownership and collecting; reading and readers *]

Sharpe, R., J. P. Carley, R. M. Thomson, and A. G. Watson, eds. English Benedictine Libraries: The Shorter Catalogues. Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues 4. London: British Library, in association with the British Academy, 1996. [Publisher's description: The series is "a comprehensive and systematic edition of all extant catalogues and cognate documents relating to medieval libraries in Great Britain."] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); manuscripts (catalogues: medieval libraries, historical) *]

Stoneman, William P. Dover Priory. Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues 5. London: British Library, in association with the British Academy, 1999. [Publisher's description: The series is "a comprehensive and systematic edition of all extant catalogues and cognate documents relating to medieval libraries in Great Britain." "The library catalogue of the Benedictine priory of St. Martin at Dover was compiled by the precentor, John Whytefield, in 1389. It is the most sophisticated catalogue to survive from any medieval English library."] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); manuscripts (catalogues: medieval libraries, historical) *]

Stratford, Jenny. "The Royal Library in England Before the Reign of Edward IV." In England in the Fifteenth Century: Proceedings of the 1992 Harlaxton Symposium. Ed. Nicholas Rogers. Harlaxton Medieval Studies 4; Paul Watkins Medieval Studies 16. Stamford, Lincolnshire: Paul Watkins, 1994. Pp. 187-197. [Argues (in response to Janet Backhouse, among others) that, in some form or another, there was a "royal library" prior to the reign of Edward IV. See also Janet Backhouse, above; also James P. Carley, above.] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical) *]

Streeter, Burnett Hillman. The Chained Library: A Survey of Four Centuries in the Evolution of the English Library. London: Macmillan, 1931. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical) *]

Strong, Roy. Lost Treasures of Britain: Five Centuries of Creation and Destruction. London: Viking, 1990. [Former Director (successively) of National Portrait Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum. Against the "heritage industry" which has grown up in England. Also deals with such topics as the destruction of the monasteries and their libraries under Henry VIII.] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical) *]

Sutton, Anne F., and Livia Visser-Fuchs. Richard III's Books. Stroud, Gloucestershire: Alan Sutton, 1997. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); provenance; manuscript ownership and collecting *]

Tashjian, Georgian R., David R. Tashjian, and Brian J. Enright. Richard Rawlinson: A Tercentenary Memorial. Kalamazoo, MI: New Issues Press, Western Michigan University, 1991. [* Subject heading: manuscript ownership and collecting; provenance *]

Taylor, Francis Henry. Pierpont Morgan as Collector and Patron, 1837-1913. New York: Pierpont Morgan Library, 1957. [* Subject heading: manuscript ownership and collecting; provenance *]

Thomas, Alan G. Great Books and Book Collectors. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson; New York: Excalibur, 1975. [* Subject heading: manuscript ownership and collecting; provenance *]

Thompson, James Westfall, et al. The Medieval Library. University of Chicago Studies in Library Science. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1939. [Rpt. New York: Hafner, 1957.] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical) *]

Thomson, Rodney M. Manuscripts from St. Albans Abbey, 1066-1235. 2 vols. Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer, 1983. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); provenance *]

Tite, Colin G. C. "A Catalogue of Sir Robert Cotton's Printed Books?" British Library Journal 17 (1991): 1-11. [Rpt. in Wright, C[hristopher] J., ed. Sir Robert Cotton as Collector: Essays on an Early Stuart Courtier and his Legacy. London: British Library, 1997. Pp. 183-193.] [Tite suggests that BL MS Addit. 35213 may be a "valuable key" to reconstructing the contents of Cotton's collection of printed books (now dispersed).] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); early printed books: ownership and collecting; history of antiquarianism *]

Tite, Colin G. C. "The Early Catalogues of the Cottonian Library." British Library Journal 6 (1980): 144-157. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); manuscript ownership and collecting; Sir Robert Cotton *]

Tite, Colin G. C. "'Lost or Stolen or Strayed': A Survey of Manuscripts Formerly in the Cotton Library." British Library Journal 18 (1992): 107-147. [Rpt. In Sir Robert Cotton as Collector: Essays on an Early Stuart Courtier and his Legacy. Ed. C[hristopher] J. Wright. London: British Library, 1997. Pp. 262-306.] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); manuscript ownership and collecting; Sir Robert Cotton *]

Tite, Colin G. C. The Manuscript Library of Sir Robert Cotton. The Panizzi Lectures 1993. London: British Library, 1994. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); manuscript ownership and collecting; Sir Robert Cotton *]

Watson, Andrew G., ed. Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books; Supplement to the Second Edition. Royal Historical Society, Guides and Handbooks 15. London: Royal Historical Society, 1987. [A supplement to N. R. Ker's Medieval Libraries of Great Britain. A guide to the contents of medieval libraries, reconstructed from ownership marks in surviving manuscripts.] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); provenance *]

Webber, Teresa, and A. G. Watson. The Libraries of the Augustinian Canons. Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues 6. London: British Library, in association with the British Academy, 1998. [Publisher's description: The series is "a comprehensive and systematic edition of all extant catalogues and cognate documents relating to medieval libraries in Great Britain."] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); manuscripts (catalogues: medieval libraries, historical) *]

Willoughby, James M. W. The Libraries of Collegiate Churches. 2 vols. Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues 15. London: British Library, in association with the British Academy, 2013. [Publisher's description: The series is "a comprehensive and systematic edition of all extant catalogues and cognate documents relating to medieval libraries in Great Britain." With respect to this volume, "The medieval collegiate church was an adaptable institution, best known from the form it took in Oxford and Cambridge. Colleges such as these owned distinctive libraries which speak of the intellectual ambition and the pastoral life of their communities of clergy."] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); manuscripts (catalogues: medieval libraries, historical) *]

Wilson, R. M. "The Contents of the Mediaeval Library." In The English Library Before 1700: Studies in its History. Ed. Francis Wormald and C. E. Wright. London: Athlone Press, University of London, 1958. Pp. 85-111. [A very useful essay summarizing the books found most commonly in medieval library catalogues.] [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical) *]

Wilson, Robert A. Modern Book Collecting. Fwd. J. M. Edelstein. London: Lyons Press, 1992. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); provenance; early printed books: ownership and collecting *]

Wormald, Francis, and C. E. Wright, eds. The English Library Before 1700: Studies in its History. London: Athlone Press, University of London, 1958. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical) *]

Wright, Cyril Ernest. Fontes Harleiani: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts preserved in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum. London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1972. [London, British Library: Harley collection. A compilation of information from Humphrey Wanley's diaries and other sources identifying the sources from which Harley purchased his manuscripts, with some notes on the collectors and collections from which these manuscripts were purchased.] [* Subject heading: manuscript ownership and collecting; provenance *]



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