Cloth, 8vo, 24 cm, xlix, 561pp, 4 pp of plates and facs. From the introduction: "The present volume contains the book records of secular foundations that were neither cathedrals nor colleges. Hospitals, of which fifty-four are represented, form the most numerous element. There are also eight entries for schools, eight for towns (including some town guilds), four for bridge chapels, and twelve for the professions and the London professional or mercantile guilds. The medieval and sixteenth-century documentation of all these bodies has survived only very patchily, and cannot compare with that of the cathedrals or university colleges; and this book can reasonably claim to be in its way a pioneer work (with all the imperfections and omissions that such works are prone to)." From the introductory note: "The institutions represented in this present volume are thinly attested by surviving books, and the booklists therefore have a complementary role to these books, and a distinctive interest. It was always the long-standing intention of the project to take a more inclusive view of book provision in these institutions, and one not strictly tied to library use. As such, lists exclusively of service books are also included here. Another peculiarity of these volumes arises from the fact that the secular clergy were not tied to libraries of particular institutions, or indeed to libraries at all, in the way that the regular clergy were; they could own books in their own right and give, sell or bequeath them away. As a result, testamentary evidence gains a higher visibility in this volume than in most others in this series." As New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-34407
Hospitals and almshouses were among the most familiar institutions of medieval England, and Hospitals, Towns and the Professions looks specifically at what books and manuscripts were collected in these common places.
While every hospital would have been equipped with books for divine service, some also possessed large collections of more general library books. A great array of information about medieval institutional libraries is gathered in this volume, which includes an exceptionally detailed inventory from the English hospital of St Thomas in Rome. Hospitals, Towns and the Professions also includes book lists for various professional and clerical libraries, including those of the College of Arms, the Inns of Court and the Court of Archives in London, town guilds, grammar schools, bridge chapels, and the public libraries of medieval England, of which the most famous was in London's Guildhall. Together these inventories provide surprising and revealing insights into the role of the institution and the place of the written work during the middle ages.
About the Author: James M. W. Willoughby is a research fellow in the history faculty of the University of Oxford. He is coeditor of two previous volumes in the Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues series, The Library of Peterborough Abbey and Hospitals, Towns and the Professions.
Titel: Hospitals, Towns and the Professions. [ ...
Verlag: British Library in association with the British Academy, London, first edition, 2009
Auflage: 1st Edition
Buchbeschreibung London, British Library-British Academy., 2009. Original publisher's red cloth hardback, gilt lettering spine and frontcover, glassine dustjacket, thick large 8vo: lviij, 562pp., introduction with footnotes & references, 4 plates, table of catalogues - lists - documents, editorial notes, list plates, abbreviations, introduction, CATALOGUE A - Z, 7 indexes. Very fine copy - as new., Volume 14: Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues. Artikel-Nr. 167093