A Directory of the Parochial Libraries of the Church of England and the Church in Wales

A Directory of the Parochial Libraries of the Church of England and the Church in Wales

by Michael Perkin
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Oxford University Press


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A Directory of the Parochial Libraries of the Church of England and the Church in Wales

Because of the unauthorized sale, loss, or deteriorating condition of parochial libraries in the 1930s and 1940s, a postal survey of surviving collections was undertaken which resulted in a detailed report and directory finally published under the general editorship of Neil Ker as The Parochial Libraries of the Church of England: Report of a Committee appointed by the Central Council for the Care of Churches to Investigate the Number and Condition of Parochial Libraries belonging to the Church of England, with a Historical Introduction, Notes on Early Printed Books and their Care and an Alphabetical List of Parochial Libraries Past and Present, by Faith Press in 1959. This book is a thorough revision of that work and incorporates much of its apparatus while reflecting new discoveries and recent research. The Directory in particular has been greatly expanded to include libraries established up to c. 1900, and, especially, a broad sample of what have come to be known as desk-libraries, with one or more pre-1700 prescribed books. Many of the reports, documents, and tables, including the historical introduction, have been reprinted in this new edition, edited and modified to take account of new developments and findings. A Postscript, 2000 briefly outlines research in this field over the last 50 years or so, and there are a number of new lists and tables, one including statistical information. The index is a key to the whole book and should be especially consulted for references to former owners and donors and subject strengths.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780948170133
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 07/29/2004
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 9.70(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Michael Perkin, retired, was formerly Curator of Special Collections, Liverpool University Library, and has worked subsequently on a part-time basis in Reading University Library, Special Collections and Department of Typography; and on a voluntary basis in Winchester Cathedral Library; and on free-lance bibliographical and editorial work.

Table of Contents

I. Libraries in Churches and Parsonages 15th to 20th Centuries
II. The Trustees' Libraries, 1705-29
III. Postscript, 2000
IV. Dates of Foundation of Libraries
Table of Libraries by Counties
Isle of Man
A: Act of 7 Anne c. 14 : Parochial Libraries
B: Bishop Wilson's List of Books, c. 1699
C: Oley, Bray and Wilson Libraries
D: Parochial Collections and their Care
E: Parochial Libraries Reports

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