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Added Ownership Inscription, In Richard De Bury's 'The Love Of Books', And Other Works

Added Ownership Inscription, In Richard De Bury's 'The Love Of Books', And Other Works

Medium: Ink on vellum

Date: 1480

Shelfmark: Additional MS 24361

Item number: f.1v

Length: 21.3

Width: 14.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

Richard Aungerville, born in 1286 at Bury St. Edmunds (and therefore known as 'de Bury'), became successively an Oxford student, a Benedictine monk, tutor to the Prince of Wales, the Bishop of Durham, High Chancellor, and Treasurer of England. He died at Auckland in Durham in 1345, and was buried at Durham Cathedral. Despite this glittering career he is best known as the author of the Philobiblon (Love of Books). Its three purposes were to encourage the pursuit of learning contained in books; to justify the time and money he spent on them; and to give practical advice for the formation and running of a library.

This inscription records, in Latin, that this 'Book of the monastery of the Blessed Mary, is retained by William Covyrdaill [i.e. 'Coverdale'], the gift of brother Walter Hothome . . .' Walter was a monk of St. Mary's, York, and wrote the book himself (he signed it on the last page); William was his fellow-monk, and also owned another manuscript now in the British Library: Burney MS. 220.

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