Dover Priory

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British Library in association with the British Academy, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 326 pages
The Library Catalogue of the Benedictine Priory of St Martin at Dover was compiled by the precentor, John Whytefeld, in 1389. It is the most sophisticated catalogue to survive from any medieval English library. Whytefeld's introduction to this remarkable three-part document explains in detail how each of the parts is of use to different members of the community. The first part is a concise list of the volumes in the library useful to the librarian in his role as keeper, the second part itemizes the contents of each volume for the catalogue browser, and the third part is an author and title index useful to searchers for a particular text. Of special use to modern scholars is the inclusion of the incipits as texts, which make it possible to identify many anonymous and erroneously ascribed works here, and often to establish the identity of books referred to in the same way in other lists.

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Indexes of Incipits and Second folios
Manuscripts Surviving
Index rV Index of Anonymous Works

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