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Bury, Richard de
PHILOBIBLION... SIVE DE AMORE LIBRORUM, ET INSTITUTIONE BIBLIOTHECAE, TRACTATUS PULCHERRIMUS... OPERA & STUDIO T[HOMAS] I[AMES]. OXFORD: JOSEPH BARNES, 1599
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Bury, Richard de
PHILOBIBLION... SIVE DE AMORE LIBRORUM, ET INSTITUTIONE BIBLIOTHECAE, TRACTATUS PULCHERRIMUS... OPERA & STUDIO T[HOMAS] I[AMES]. OXFORD: JOSEPH BARNES, 1599
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5,0007,000
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Bury, Richard de
PHILOBIBLION... SIVE DE AMORE LIBRORUM, ET INSTITUTIONE BIBLIOTHECAE, TRACTATUS PULCHERRIMUS... OPERA & STUDIO T[HOMAS] I[AMES]. OXFORD: JOSEPH BARNES, 1599
4to (190 x 138mm.), woodcut headpieces and initials, contemporary limp vellum gilt, gilt lozenge-shaped centrepiece of a Tudor rose, 3 (of 4) wide blue silk ties (laced to insides of covers), wormholes in second half with some loss of text, upper corners of binding with replacement sections
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Provenance

Scrope Berdmore (Warden of Merton College from 1790 to 1810 and Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University), inscription on inside front cover dated 1778

Literature

STC 959; Pforzheimer 21

Catalogue Note

The first edition to be published in England of Richard de Bury's treatise on bibliophily; a single copy is recorded of a 1598 issue, probably a trial copy, which is without the dedication to James's future employer, Thomas Bodley, and the appendix listing the authors of manuscripts housed in Oxford. The following year James had published Ecloga Oxonio-Cantabrigiensis, alluded to in the introduction to his appendix, which provides a fuller listing of manuscripts in Oxford and Cambridge colleges.

Richard de Bury (1287-1345), bishop of Durham and avid book-collector, intended to use his collection to endow the library of an Oxford college he planned to found. He also discusses the state of learning and scholarly practices of the time, using the books themselves to voice his criticisms.

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