Two themes uniting the essays in this collection are the provenance and history of medieval manuscripts during the Middle Ages, and the fates that befell them in England in the period after the invention of printing and the 16th-century dissolution of the religious houses and visitations of the universities. The section 'Libraries and collectors' includes papers on seven major English collectors of the 16th and 17th centuries, and the section 'Manuscripts' concerns the fates of five manuscripts or groups of manuscripts from England, Belgium and Italy. Of the other chapters one is concerned with the post-medieval history of the library of All Souls College, Oxford, and another with the provenance of hundreds of manuscripts in the Harleian collection in the British Library. For this volume Andrew Watson has provided extensive additional notes and indexes.
Table of Contents
Contents: Foreword; Libraries and Collectors: The post-medieval library of All Souls College Oxford; Robert Green of Welby, alchemist and Count Palatine, c.1467-c.1540; A 16th-century collector: Thomas Dackomb, c.1496-c.1572; John Twyne of Canterbury (d. 1581) as a collector of medieval manuscripts: a preliminary investigation; Christopher and William Carye, collectors of monastic manuscripts, and 'John Carye'; Robert Hare's books; Thomas Allen of Oxford and his manuscripts; The manuscript collection of Sir Walter Cope (d. 1614); The manuscripts of Henry Savile of Banke; Fontes Harleiani: A study of the sources of the Harleian collection of manuscripts preserved in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum. Review article; Manuscripts: An early 13th-century Low Countries booklist [in BL MS Harley 2720]; A 16th-century English Sammelband [in BL, MS Harley 218]; A Merton College manuscript reconstructed: Harley 625, Digby 178 fols. 1-14, 88-115, Cotton Tiberius B. IX, fols. 1-4, 225-35; A St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury, manuscript reconstructed: Trinity College Cambridge MS R.14.30 and British Library MSS Egerton 823 and 840a; A Varese library-stamp identified?; Indexes.