A Collection and Catalogue of Tudor and Early Stuart Book-Lists: PLRE 167-260

Private Libraries in Renaissance England (PLRE), Vol. VIII

A Collection and Catalogue of Tudor and Early Stuart Book-Lists: PLRE 167-260

Edited by Joseph L. Black
2014 | 470 + xxxii pp. | 978-0-86698-506-2 | Cloth 6 x 9 in
MRTS 455 | $70 |

General Editor, R. J. Fehrenbach

With Volume 8, we have expanded the social and geographical range of the book owners, shifting the focus significantly from the preceding six volumes which consisted solely of book-lists of Oxford scholars.

Specifically, with Volume 8, we have moved outward to the provinces; we have sought out lists of books owned by women; and we have balanced the learned clerical libraries found in the Oxford inventories with those of rural vicars. Additionally, forty-seven of the book owners included in Volume 8 are taken from probate inventories compiled between 1580 and 1603 for the Norfolk and Suffolk population and represent a wide social range, from blacksmith and grocer to scrivener and estate landowner. The books of forty-four men and women who were members of the underground Catholic community comprise another large part of the volume and consist of books that derive from two rare sources: lists of confiscated books found in the chambers of the London prisons and the Winchester jail, owned by those incarcerated for holding to the old faith, and inventories of seized books discovered during raids of houses of suspected recusants throughout England. Given the complexity and interest of the Catholic book-lists, Volume 8 also includes an extensive introductory essay on Catholic libraries of the period specially written for this volume by two distinguished scholars in this field, Alexandra Walsham (Trinity, Cambridge) and Earle Havens (Johns Hopkins). The remaining lists in the volume are associated with book owners who represent a spectrum of Protestant sympathies.

Note: Special ordering information outside of North America: Available from Adam Matthew Publications Ltd, Pelham House, London Road, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 2AA, England.


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"The whole project is eminently worthwhile, and its completion will be an invaluable factual addition to our knowledge of English intellectual life in the Renaissance." —Analytical and Enumerative Bibliography>

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"...offers potential every bit as great as the STC." —The Book Collector>

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"...a pretty bold venture...more volumes of PLRE are eagerly awaited." —Times Literary Supplement>

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"...by its clear presentation and by its exhaustive indexes will prove to be an invaluable working tool to anyone interested in the history of education, and in the complex interplay between social and intellectual history." —Bibliothèque d'Humanism et Renaissance>