22 - 23 March 2005
OXFORD, Bodleian Library -- Thomas JAMES (1573?-1629). Catalogus Universalis Librorum in Bibliotheca omnium Librorum, Linguarum & Scientiarum genere refertissima, sic compositus...Accessit Appendix Librorum. Oxford: John Lichfield & James Short, University Printers, for the Bodleian Library, 1620.
4o (193 x 147 mm). Contemporary English limp vellum, two leather ties preserved. Provenance: Hannibal Gamon (or Gammon, fl. ca 1642), Puritan divine (signature on title).
A VERY FINE COPY OF THE EXTREMELY RARE SECOND BODLEIAN LIBRARY CATALOGUE, AND THE FIRST CATALOGUE OF ANY LIBRARY IN WHICH THE BOOKS ARE ARRANGED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER OF THEIR RESPECTIVE AUTHORS.
Dedicated to King James I, Thomas James's catalouge was offered as a model for all European public and private libraries. The title states: "...ut non solum Publicis per Europam Universam Bibliothecis, sed etiam Privatis Musaeis, aliisque, ad Catalogum Librorum conficiendum usui esse possit." James's first catalogue of the Bodleian (1605) had been arranged in the traditional manner by subject. This copy is one of the very few copies with the Appendix by John Rouse, listing subsequent accessions (STC locates only two copies: British Library and Bodleian).
"[Gammon] was nominated a chaplain to the first Lord Robartes, whom he aided in collecting the quaint library, mainly of divinity and philosophy...Many of the books have Gamon's autograph on the title" (DNB). See Breslauer & Folter 45 (1605 edition); Pollard & Ehrman, no. 310; STC 14450 ("most copies lack the 1620 Appendix").
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