Cataloguing Discrepancies: The Printed York Breviary of 1493

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Overview

Cataloguing Discrepancies reviews the description and cataloguing, from the early eighteenth century to the present day, of an early English Breviary, printed in 1493. With a critical eye, Andrew Hughes summarizes the work that has been done on this liturgical book, of which two complete copies and a number of fragments are extant. How these copies have been described - and more importantly how these accounts differ - is a central question of this volume.

Based on the discrepancies and errors in the existing catalogues of medieval liturgical books, many of which repeat erroneous information for generations, the authors illustrate the defects, problems, and opportunities encountered when technologies of the fifteenth and the twenty-first centuries converge. Not only questioning existing bibliographical practices, Cataloguing Discrepancies suggests practical means for improvements to the future description of early printed books of this kind.

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Editorial Reviews

Rare Books Newsletter: issue 93:2012 - Jonathan Harrison
‘This work raises interesting questions and offers thought provoking proposals on the cataloguing – past, present, and future – of a highly complex and significant form of early printed publication.’
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‘This work raises interesting questions and offers thought provoking proposals on the cataloguing – past, present, and future – of a highly complex and significant form of early printed publication.’
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442641976
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Hughes is University Professor Emeritus in the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto.

Matthew Cheung Salisbury is a doctoral student in Worcester College at Oxford University.

Heather Robbins is a former doctoral student at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

  1. Describing the Breviary and its Cataloguers
  2. The Liturgical Context
  3. The Manuscripts and Printed Editions
  4. Modern Technology
  5. Recommendations and Conclusions

Appendix 1: Comparative Inventory and Structural Inventory

Appendix 2: Sources

Appendix 3: Resources for Early Printed Books; Bibliography of Catalogues

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