A Descriptive Catalogue of the Medieval Manuscripts in Worcester Cathedral Library.

Woodbridge: D. S. Brewer, 2001,

First Edition. large quarto, cloth in dust jacket. 288 pp. D. S. Brewer, New. Item #12158

This catalogue reveals many of the riches of this collection for the first time. Its srengths are in scholastic theology, biblical studies and preaching between the 13th and 15th centuries. Noteworthy features are the appearance in the books of the names and handwriting of more than 70 monks, the large number of books connected with the monks' studies at Oxford University, and the many rare and unique texts, including hundreds of sermons. The bindings, many of them made locally, are described in detail and studied. The catalogue describes 77 MSS; an Introduction traces the history of the medieval library; includes a general index and indexes of manuscripts and incipits. 93 plates include examples of the script of identified monks, bindings made at the Cathedral Priory, press marks and inscriptions recording donation and ownership. Small scratch to back panel of jacket, else very fine.

Price: $165.00