By Malcolm Walsby, Natasha Constantinidou

Students of pre-modern literary tradition count nearly solely on texts that experience survived: in general those who have reached the comparative defense of recent library collections. however the urge to list, catalogue and put it on the market the wealth of recent guides within the age of print created an extra and priceless source: e-book lists. Printers made lists in their to be had inventory; vendors catalogued their libraries; non secular professionals drew up indexes of banned books; assessors inventoried collections and inventory as a part of the cost of estates, or felony complaints. This quantity examines an array of such lists taken from numerous eu international locations through the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. the result's a wide-ranging second look of 1 of the main attention-grabbing and underused assets for early sleek booklet heritage. participants contain: Jurgen Beyer, Flavia Bruni, Gina Dahl, Cristina Dondi, Shanti Graheli, Neil Harris, Justyna Kiliańczyk-Zięba, Alexander Marr, Kasper van Ommen, Andrea Ottone, Leigh T.I. Penman, Benito Rial Costas, John Sibbald, Kevin M. Stevens and Malcolm Walsby.

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One of the most common pieces of additional data provided by book lists such as probate inventories and sales catalogues is a price. But such information must come with a warning: the nature of the list shapes the interpretation that should be placed on such price data. In probate inventories, for instance, appraisers were not looking at the original or bookseller value of the book but how much that volume was worth. 59 But this is not borne out in all studies. The differences in the valuation of a collection could be quite marked.

24 Bodley to James, 16 July 1601, in Wheeler, Letters to James, p. 9. 26 That Carey should have owned an English-language treatise on practical mathematics is of itself interesting. 7(1) Med, p. 953] 25 Benefactors Register, fol. 36. On Norton’s donation see Barnard, ‘Politics, Profits and Idealism’. Besides the fact that Norton’s donation is listed subsequent to Carey’s in the Register, in 1603 Bodley requested James to “send me hither Mr Norton’s Herball, for which he hath present, and very special vse”, since he (Bodley) had been “assured of an other as good, or rather better”: Bodley to James, 6 May 1603, in Wheeler, Letters to James, p.

The third is Bodley’s cousin and executor, the lawyer William Hakewill. 22 This made him the second-most generous donor of scientific books in that year, but the Benefactors Register is the only evidence we have of his scientific interests. 2). These bindings, like those of books purchased on behalf of noble patrons who offered monetary gifts, were undertaken by the Oxford binders Dominick Pinart and Edward Miles, as well as a number of 21 Bodleian Library, MS Library Records d. 599, fols. 3v, 7v, 8v.

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