Fifteenth-Century Librarians at Work

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ALEXANDER DE VILLA DEI (c. 1175–1240). Doctrinale puerorum (Part I). Commentary by Gerardus Zutphaniensis (1367–1398). Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 5 March 1494. (07045)

The four books in this section of the exhibition show how fifteenth-century monastic librarians recorded and organized books in their care. Three books include notes listing the contents of multi-work volumes, and two bear markings that indicate their intended locations on the monastery’s shelves. In two of the books, a librarian recorded the names of the well-known fifteenth-century donors who presented these volumes to monastic libraries as acts of pious generosity. Combined, this evidence reflects how fifteenth-century librarians managed the arrival of unprecedented quantities of the new printed books.

Fifteenth-Century Librarians at Work