St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury

Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, Volume 13

Edited by B. C. Barker-Benfield

Edited by B. C. Barker-Benfield

Distributed for British Library

2,256 pages | 3 volumes, 16 halftones | 9-1/5 x 6-1/8 | © 2008
Cloth $325.00 ISBN: 9780712349871 Published February 2009 For sale in North and South America only
By the end of the Middle Ages, the abbey at Canterbury founded by St. Augustine possessed one of the most worldly and richest libraries in all of Britain. The remarkably sophisticated catalog produced by its medieval librarians, dating from the late fourteenth century, provides detailed entries for over 1,800 volumes, reporting a press mark, table of contents, and donation record for each—as well as internally cross-references for each entry. The wealth of the library, both in size and scope, is reflected in the three magnificent volumes of St. Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury which presents the first fully annotated edition of this extraordinary catalog and illuminates the clearest picture yet of one of the great libraries of medieval Britain.
Prefatory Note
Table of Catalogue, Lists, and Other Documents
List of Tables
List of Plates and Endpiece
Editorial Notes
List of Abbreviations
The Plates
BA1 The Catalogue
   The Locations-Register
   The Original Index
   The Main Catalogue
BA2-8  Other Sources
1  Missing entries reconstructed from cross-references (BA1.M1838-1849)
2  Missing text-titles preserved in the Original Index
3  Other extant manuscripts belonging to the abbey, not in BA1
4  Other extant manuscripts attributed to the abbey's early scriptorium
5  Rejected manuscripts
6  A selection of major and problematic donors
7  Entries of BA1 marked with squiggles
8  John Dee's markings of Index-titles and main entries in BA1
Index I    Indexes of Incipits and Second Folios
Index II   Indexes of Manuscripts
Index III  Index of Authors
Index IV Index of Anonymous Works
Index V  Indexes of Donors and Former Owners
Index VI Indexes of Library Shelfmarks, other Locations and Borrowers
Index VII General Index
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