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Representative Book-List


 

With the book-lists in PLRE ranging in date from 1507 to 1653, in ownership from a sexton to a bishop, in types of manuscripts from probate inventories to lists of books seized in a raid, in size from a single book to a collection of several hundred works, no individual booklist can be said to be truly representative. The booklist below, taken from Volume VI, is provided to show the form and arrangement of the material in PLRE. Consult the introduction to any volume of PLRE for the editorial principles and methodology behind this arrangement.  Additional  information about each book can be found in PLRE.Folger

 

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PLRE 141

 

John Forster. Scholar (B.C.L.):

Probate Inventory. 1584

RIVES NICHOLSON

John Forster (Foster), “sometime fellow of New College” according to the in­ventory of his possessions, is no better known than many of his contemporaries at Oxford. A brief Alumni Oxonienses entry reveals only that he was granted the Bachelor of Civil Law degree and that his will, no longer extant, was proved at Oxford on 7 April 1584. An inventory of his books and possessions was made on 12 April 1584.

Forster’s modest library is that of a dutiful scholar with a pious streak who was little inclined to stray in his reading far outside the safe confines of standard student materials in law, rhetoric, and literature. It includes the legal texts one would expect a law student to own (Justinian’s Corpus Juris Civilis and the Insti­tutiones), and a scattering of works on grammar and history. The library’s most distinctive trait is perhaps its several biblical commentaries by Aquinas and a Tridentine catechism among its few works of theology, books which may indicate a conservative religious temperament.

Oxford University Archives, Bodleian Library: Hyp.B.12.

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141.1 one Course of the Civill Law

141.2 Bibliotheca Eliotae

141.3 a peece of Scotus

141.4 Aquinas in Epistolas Pauli

141.5 Erasmi Kiliades

141.6 Theophilactus in Evangelia

141.7 Cornucopia

141.8 Osorius de nobilitate

141.9 Catechismus ad Parochos

141.10 Testamentum Novum

141.11 duo volumina Orationum Ciceronis

141.12 Rhetorica ad Herennium

141.13 Guiliandus in Johannem

141.14 Titilmanni Dialectica

141.15 Quintus Curtius anglice

141.16 Nicephorus

141.17 Institutiones Juris Civilis

141.18 Lucanus

141.19 Vergilius cum Comment

141.20 El: [Elucidatio] Titilmannus in psalmos, 2o vol:

141.21 Aquinas in Matheum et Lucam

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141.1 one Course of the Civill Law

Justinian I. Corpus juris civilis. Continent: date indeterminable.

Language(s): Latin Greek (perhaps). Appraised at 26s 8d in 1584.

141.2 Bibliotheca Eliotae

Sir Thomas Elyot. Bibliotheca Eliotae. London: in off. T. Bertheleti, 1542–1559.

STC 7659.5 et seq. The manuscript entry indicates that this is not the 1538 first edition (STC 7659, The dictionary of syr Thomas Elyot). Language(s): English Latin. Ap­praised at 6s 8d in 1584.

141.3 a peece of Scotus

John Duns, Scotus. Unidentified. Continent: date indeterminable.

A part of his multi-volumed commentary on Lombard is, perhaps, most likely to be so represented, but the peece does not seem very large according to the valu­a­tion. Language(s): Latin. Appraised at 6d in 1584.

141.4 Aquinas in Epistolas Pauli

Thomas Aquinas, Saint. [Epistles–Paul: commentary]. Continent: date indeter­minable.

Language(s): Latin. Appraised at 20d in 1584.

141.5 Erasmi Kiliades

Desiderius Erasmus. Adagia. Continent: date indeterminable.

Language(s): Latin. Appraised at 20d in 1584.

141.6 Theophilactus in Evangelia

Theophylact, Archbishop of Achrida. [Gospels: commentary and text]. (Bible–N.T.). Continent: date indeterminable.

Language(s): Latin. Appraised at 10d in 1584.

141.7 Cornucopia

Perhaps Nicolaus Perottus. Cornucopia. Continent: date indeterminable.

Perottus’s popular reference seems marginally more likely than the rarer works with this title by Joannes Ravisius (Textor) or Eustathius, of Thessalonica, but even Perottus would hardly be considered current at this date. Language(s): Latin. Appraised at 6d in 1584.

141.8 Osorius de nobilitate

Jeronimo Osorio da Fonseca, Bishop. De nobilitate civili libri II. De nobilitate chris­tiana libri III. Continent: 1542–1552.

Language(s): Latin. Appraised at 8d in 1584.

141.9 Catechismus ad Parochos

Catechismus ex decreto Concilii Tridentini. (Councils–Trent). Continent: 1566–1587.

The long title continues: “... ad parochos, ...” Language(s): Latin. Appraised at 4d in 1584.

141.10 Testamentum Novum

[Bible–N.T.]. Britain or Continent: date indeterminable.

STC 2799 et seq. and non-STC. Language(s): Latin. Appraised at 4d in 1584.

141.11 duo volumina Orationum Ciceronis

Marcus Tullius Cicero. [Selected works–Orations]. Britain or Continent: date in­de­terminable.

STC 5308 et seq. and non-STC. Perhaps part, since the collected orations were usually issued in three volumes. Language(s): Latin. Appraised at 14d in 1584.

141.12 Rhetorica ad Herennium

Marcus Tullius Cicero (spurious). Rhetorica ad Herennium. Britain or Continent: date indeterminable.

STC 5323.5 et seq. and non-STC. Language(s): Latin. Appraised at 4d in 1584.

141.13 Guiliandus in Johannem

Claudius Guilliaudus. [John: commentary and text]. (Bible–N.T.). Continent: date indeterminable.

Language(s): Latin. Appraised at 10d in 1584.

141.14 Titilmanni Dialectica

Franz Titelmann. [Dialectica]. Continent: date indeterminable.

Language(s): Latin. Appraised at 6d in 1584.

141.15 Quintus Curtius anglice

Quintus Curtius Rufus. The historie of Quintus Curcius, contayning the actes of the greate Alexander. Translated by John Brende. London: (different houses), 1553–1584.

STC 6141.5 et seq. Language(s): English. Appraised at 10d in 1584.

141.16 Nicephorus

Perhaps Nicephorus Callistus. Ecclesiastica historia. Continent: 1553–1574.

Nicephorus, Blemmida and Nicephorus, Chartophylax are less likely possibilities given the other books in Forster’s collection. Language(s): Latin. Appraised at 5s in 1584.

141.17 Institutiones Juris Civilis

Justinian I. Institutiones. (Corpus juris civilis). Continent: date indeterminable.

Language(s): Greek Latin. Appraised at 4d in 1584.

141.18 Lucanus

Marcus Annaeus Lucanus. Pharsalia. Continent: date indeterminable.

Language(s): Latin. Appraised at 12d in 1584.

141.19 Vergilius cum Comment

Publius Virgilius Maro. Probably [Works]. Britain or Continent: date inde­terminable.

STC 24788 et seq. and non-STC. STC 24787 does not carry commentary. Lan­guage(s): Latin. Appraised at 2s 6d in 1584.

141.20 El: [Elucidatio] Titilmannus in psalmos, 2o vol:

Franz Titelmann. [Psalms: commentary and text]. (Bible–O.T.). Continent: date in­determinable.

Language(s): Latin. Appraised at 2s 4d in 1584.

141.21 Aquinas in Matheum et Lucam

Thomas Aquinas, Saint. [Gospels: commentary (part)]. Continent: date indeter­minable.

Aquinas’s commentaries on the four gospels were not published separately. Whether this is the entire collection, with the compiler citing only Matthew and Luke, or just these two commentaries alone, separated from the whole, cannot be determined. Language(s): Latin. Appraised at 20d in 1584.