Works and Web Sites for the Study of Early Modern English Libraries
Allison, A. F., and D. M. Rogers. A Catalogue of Catholic Books
in English Printed Abroad or Secretly in England, 1558-1640.
Bognor Regis: Arundel Press, 1958. Rpt., London, 1968.
Alston, R. C. Handlist of Library Catalogues and Lists of Books
and Manuscripts in the British Library Department of Manuscripts.
Bibliographical Society Occasional Publications #6. London: Bibliographical
Alston, R. C. Books with Manuscript: A Short Title Catalogue
of Books with Manuscript Notes in the British Library. London:
British Library, 1994. [roughly 25,000 entries; includes indexes
of owners and annotators]
Baker, William, and Kenneth Womack, eds. Pre-Nineteenth-Century
British Book Collectors and Bibliographers. [Vol. 213 of the
Dictionary of Literary Biography]. Detroit: Gale Group,
Besson, A. Classification in Private Library Catalogues of
the English Renaissance, 1500-1640. Unpublished Ph.D. thesis,
University College, London, 1988.
Birrell, T. A. "Books and Buyers in 17th-Century English Auction
Sales." In Robin Myers, Michael Harris, and Giles Mandelbrote,
eds., Under the Hammer: Book Auctions Since the Seventeenth
Century (London: British Library, 2001), pp. 51-64.
Bloomfield, B. C. A Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections.
British Museum, Department of Printed Books. List of Catalogues
of English Book Sales, 1676-1900. London, 1915.
Buettner, Brigitte. "Women and the Circulation of Books."
Journal of the Early Book Society for the Study of Manuscripts
and Printing History 4 (2001): 9-31.
Cathedral Library: Provenance Names for Books Printed Before 1801.
[a provisional list of more than 3000 former owners of books now
held at Canterbury Cathedral Library; based on the provenance index
in David Shaw and Sheila Hingley, et al., eds., Canterbury Cathedral
Library: Catalogue of Pre-1801 Printed Books (Marlborough:
Adam Matthew Publications, 1998), a microfiche catalogue]
Cavanaugh, Susan Hagen. A Study of Books Privately Owned in
England, 1300-1450. 2 vols. Unpublished Ph.D. thesis, University
of Pennsylvania, 1980.
Chartier, Roger. The Cultural Uses of Print in Early Modern
France. Trans. Lydia G. Cochran. Princeton: Princeton University
Press, 1985. [see esp. ch. 5]
Cioranescu, Alexandru. Bibliographie de la littérature
française du dix-septième siècle. 3 vols.
Paris: Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique, 1965, 1966.
Cioranescu, Alexandru. Bibliographie de la littérature
française du seizième siècle. Paris, 1959;
rpt. Geneva: Slatkine, 1975.
Clark, Lilian G. Collectors and Owners of Incunabula in the
British Mueseum: Index of Provenances for Books Printed in France,
Holland, and Belgium. Bath, 1962. [a provenance index to the
British Museum Catalogue, VIII and IX]
Cole, George Watson. An Index to Bibliographical Papers Published
by the Bibliographical Society and the Library Association, London,
1877-1932. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1933.
Consortium of European Research
Libraries (CERL). [Provides links to a wide variety of provenance
Curtis, Mark H. "Library Catalogues and Tudor Oxford and Cambridge."
Studies in the Renaissance 5 (1958): 111-20.
De Ricci, Seymour. English Collectors of Books and Manuscripts,
1530-1930, and their Marks of Ownership. Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 1930; rpt. New York, 1969.
Dury, John. The reformed librarie-keeper, with a supplement
to the reformed-school. Whereunto is added, I. An idea of mathematicks,
II. The description of one of the chiefest libraries in Germany
[i.e., that of Wolfenbüttel]. London, 1650. [Available in facsimile
with an introduction by Richard Popkin and Thomas F. Wright; Augustan
Reprint Society, no. 220; Los Angeles: Clark Memorial Library, 1983]
Eisenstein, Elizabeth. The Printing Revolution in Early Modern
Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983.
English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC). [lists over 460,000
works published in the British Isles and in North America between
1473 and 1800; available online at the British Library: http://estc.bl.uk]
Feather, John. An Index to Selected Bibliographic Journals,
1971-1985. Oxford: Oxford Bibliographical Society, 1991.
Fehrenbach, Robert J., and Elisabeth S. Leedham-Green, eds. Private
Libraries in Renaissance England: A Collection and Catalogue of
Tudor and Early Stuart Book-Lists. 6 vols. to date. Binghamton,
NY and Tempe, AZ: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies; Arizona
Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 1992-2004. [the first
six volumes cover 150 private libraries]
Harthan, John P. "Armorial Bookbindings from the Clements
Collection." Apollo (December, 1960): 179-83; (June,
1961): 186-91; (December, 1961): 165-71.
Harvard University Library, Online Archival Search Information
System (OASIS). [online access to finding aids for archival and
manuscript collections at Harvard; includes the Houghton Library's
provenance file for printed books]. http://oasis.harvard.edu:10080/oasis/deliver/advancedsearch?_collection=oasis
Hazlitt, William Carew. Collections and Notes, 1867-1876.
London: Reeves and Turner, 1876. [detailed bibliographical entries
on many early English printed books; followed by Bibliographical
Collections and Notes on Early English Literature, 1474-1700,
2nd series (London: Quaritch, 1882); 3rd series (London: Quaritch,
1892); 4th series (London: Quaritch, 1903)]
Heaney, Howell J., and Rudolf Hirsch, eds. Selective Check
Lists of Bibliographic Scholarship, Series B, 1956-1962. Charlottesville:
University Press of Virginia, 1966.
Index Aureliensis: Catalogus librorum sedecimo saeculo impressorum.
Baden-Baden: Aureliae Aquensis, 1965-. [a union catalogue for all
books from the sixteenth century; will eventually have subject indices]
Index to Selected Bibliographic Journals, 1933-1970. London:
The Bibliographical Society, 1982.
Jayne, Sears. “Some Tools for Research in the Intellectual
History of the English Renaissance.” Shakespearean Research
and Opportunities 5-6 (1970-71): 8-29.
Jayne, Sears. Library Catalogues of the English Renaissance.
Berkeley: University of California Press, 1956; rpt. London: St.
Paul’s Bibliographies, 1983. [lists 848 booklists from 1500-1640
which survive in various manuscript sources]
Johnson, Francis R. “Notes on English Retail Book-Prices,
1550-1640.” The Library 5th series, 5 (1950-51):
Ker, N. R., ed. Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List
of Surviving Books. 2nd ed. London: Royal Historical Society
Guides and Handbooks, 1964. [a subsequent edition, published in
London in 1987, offers a supplement edited by Andrew G. Watson]
Leedham-Green, Elisabeth S. Books in Cambridge Inventories:
Book-Lists from the Vice-Chancellor’s Court Probate Inventories
in the Tudor and Stuart Periods. 2 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 1986. [provides about 200 book lists from probate
Leedham-Green, Elisabeth S. “Private Libraries in Renaissance
England.” Bulletin of the Society for Renaissance Studies
8:1 (1990): 20-21.
Leedham-Green, Elisabeth S., and Teresa Webber, eds. The Cambridge
History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland, Volume 1: To 1640.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Lowndes, William Thomas. The Bibliographer's Manual of English
Literature, Containing an Account of Rare, Curious, and Useful Books,
Published in or relating to Great Britain and Ireland, from the
Invention of Printing; with bibliographical and critical notices,
collations of the rarer articles, and the prices at which they have
been sold. 4 vols. London: G. Bell & Sons, 1871.
Maunsell, Andrew. The Catalogue of English Printed Bookes.
2 parts. London, 1595; photographic reprint, London: Gregg Press,
1965. [part 1 mainly deals with works of divinity, part 2 with "the
sciences mathematicall . . . Phisick and Surgerie, etc."]
McKitterick, David. “‘Ovid with a Littleton’:
The Cost of English Books in the Early Seventeenth Century.”
Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society 9,
Part 2 (1997): 184-234.
Munby, A. N. L. "The Libraries of English Men of Letters."
London: Library Association, 1964. Rpt. in Munby, Essays and
Papers (London: Scolar Press, 1977).
Munby, A. N. L., gen. ed. Sale Catalogues of Libraries of Eminent
Persons. 12 vols. London: Mansell with Sotheby Park-Bernet
Publications, 1971-75. [mostly literary figures, mostly 18th century
Munby, A. N. L., and Lenore Coral, eds. British Book Sale Catalogues,
1676-1800: A Union List. London: Mansell, 1977.
Nelson, Alan H. Provenance Index to UMI-STC Microfilms (1475-1640).
[an index to former owners of many hundreds of books included in
the UMI microfilm reels of STC books up to 1640] http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~ahnelson/PROVENANCE/prova.html#A
Pearson, David, comp. English Book Owners in the Seventeenth
Century: A Work in Progress Listing. [an evolving web site
hosted by the Bibliographical Society of America; lists hundreds
of seventeenth-century English book owners, along with citations
to relevant articles, sale catalogues, DNB references,
Pearson, David. Provenance Indexes for Early Printed Books
and Manuscripts: A Guide to Present Resources. Self-published,
1987; reprinted with corrections and additions, 1989. [pp. 41-44
offer an annotated list of catalogues and studies of private collections]
Pearson, David. Provenance Research in Book History: A Handbook.
London: British Library, 1994. [a valuable compilation of information
regarding provenance research in many institutional libraries in
the British Isles; reprinted with addenda, 1998]
Perkin, Michael, ed. A Directory of the Parochial Libraries
of the Church of England and the Church in Wales. London: Bibliographical
Society, 2004. [revised version of N. R. Ker's Parochial Libraries
of the Church of England (1959)]
Pforzheimer Library. The Carl H. Pforzheimer Library, English
Literature 1475-1700. Comp. Emma V. Unger and William A. Jackson.
3 vols. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 1997. [detailed bibliographic
entries on over 1100 English books printed before 1700, with a provenance
index, pp. 1294-1300; the Pforzheimer Library is now held at the
University of Texas, Austin]
Pollard, Alfred W., and G. R. Redgrave, comps. A Short-Title
Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland,
and of English Books Printed Abroad, 1475-1640. Rev. Katharine
F. Pantzer, W. A. Jackson, and F. S. Ferguson. 2nd ed., revised
and enlarged. 3 vols. London: The Bibliographical Society, 1976-1991.
Ramage, David G., comp. A Finding-List of English Books to
1640 in Libraries in the British Isles, excluding the National Libraries
and the Libraries of Oxford and Cambridge. Durham: Council
of the Durham Colleges, 1958.
Risse, Wilhelm. Bibliographia Philosophica Vetus: Repertorium
Generale Systematicum Operum Philosophicorum usque ad Annum MDCCC.
9 vols. Hildesheim: G. Olms, 1998. [chronological listing of philosophical
works published up to 1800, including a year-by-year subject index
and locations of many existing copies of books]
Rosenthal, Bernard M. The Rosenthal Collection of Printed Books
with Manuscript Annotations: A Catalogue of 242 Editions Mostly
Before 1600 Annotated by Contemporary or Near-Contemporary Readers.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997. [includes an index of owners
and annotators, pp. 387-89; the books themselves are now held at
the Beinecke Library at Yale]
Schreiber, Fred. The Estiennes: An Annotated Catalogue of 300
Highlights of their Various Presses. New York: E. K. Schreiber,
Sherman, William H. Used Books: Marking Readers in Renaissance
England. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.
Thornton, John L., and R. I. J. Tully. Scientific Books, Libraries
and Collectors. 3rd ed., revised. London, 1974; supplement,
Voet, L. The Plantin Press (1555-1589): A Bibliography of the
Works Printed and Published by Christopher Plantin at Antwerp and
Leiden. 6 vols. Amsterdam, 1980-83.
Watt, Robert. Bibliotheca Britannica: Or, A General Index
to British and Foreign Literature. 4 vols. Edinburgh, 1824.
[vols. 3-4 contain a fascinating subject index]
Williams, F. B. Index of Dedications in English Books before
1641. London, 1962.
Wing, Donald G. A Gallery of Ghosts: Books Published Between
1641-1700 Not Found in the Short-Title Catalogue. New York:
Modern Language Association of America, 1967.
Wing, Donald G., comp. Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed
in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and British America and of
English Books Printed in Other Countries, 1641-1700. 2nd ed.,
revised and enlarged. 3 vols. New York: Modern Language Association
of America, 1972-1988.
Zwicker, Steven N. "Habits of Reading and Early Modern Literary
Culture." In David Loewenstein and Janel Mueller, eds., The
Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature (Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 2002), pp. 170-98.