[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
Re: patron saints of book binding
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: Re: patron saints of book binding
- From: Reed C Bowman <rcbowman@CALIFORNIA.COM>
- Date: Sat, 23 May 1998 14:33:56 -0700
- Message-Id: <199805232143.OAA18942@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.edu>
- Sender: "Book_Arts-L: On the web at http://www.dreamscape.com/pdverhey" <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
I second the vote for Richard de Bury! (Even if he hasn't been
The Philobiblon is a remarkable work for its time--it contains some of
truly pacifist writings of the age (and this during the Hundred Years'
written on behalf of, and from the point of view of books themselves.
certainly should be a revered figure for all bibliophiles and
As for the book arts in general, I would put forward St.Columba of Iona,
monastery created the most beautiful books of all time and who simply
books for themselves. He would be my patron saint if I were of an
Still, neither of these is specifically for book_binders_. I bet one
Peter Verheyen wrote:
> What about Richard de Bury, author of the Philobiblon.
> >From the introduction of this work which I have online in the "Links"
> section. (Yes, it's in the public domain). It's definitely worth a read.
> Dominus Ricardus de Bury migravit ad Dominum.
> The Bishop as Booklover. According to the concluding note, the Philobiblon
> was completed on the bishop's fifty-eighth birthday, the 24th of January,
> 1345, so that even though weakened by illness, Richard must have been
> actively engaged in his literary efforts to the very end of his generous
> and noble life. His enthusiastic devoted biographer Chambre gives a
> vivid account of the bishop's bookloving propensities, supplementary to
> what can be gathered from the Philobiblon itself. Iste summe delectabatur
> in multitudine librorum; he had more books, as was commonly reported, than
> all the other English bishops put together. He had a separate library in
> each of his residences, and wherever he was residing, so many books lay
> about his bed-chamber, that it was hardly possible to stand or move
> without treading upon them. All the time he could spare from business was
> devoted either to religious offices or to his books. Every day while at
> table he would have a book read to him, unless some special guest were
> present, and afterwards would engage in discussion on the subject of the
> reading. The haughty Anthony Bec delighted in the appendages of
> royalty--to be addressed by nobles kneeling, and to be waited on in his
> presence-chamber and at his table by Knights bare-headed and standing; but
> De Bury loved to surround himself with learned scholars. Among these were
> such men as Thomas Bradwardine, afterwards Archbishop of Canterbury, and
> author of the De Causa Dei; Richard Fitzralph, afterwards Archbishop of
> Armagh, and famous for his hostility to the mendicant orders; Walter
> Burley, who dedicated to him a translation of the Politics of Aristototle
> made at his suggestion; John Mauduit, the astronomer; Robert Holkot,
> author of many books; Richard de Kilvington; Richard Benworth, afterwards
> Bishop of London; and Walter Seagrave, who became Dean of Chichester."
> The Bishop's Books. In the Philobiblon, Richard de Bury frankly and
> clearly describes his means and method of collecting books. Anyhow his
> object was clearly not selfish. The treatise contains his rules for the
> library of the new College at Oxford--Durham College (where Trinity
> College now stands)--which he practically founded, though his successor,
> Bishop Hatfield, carried the scheme into effect. It is traditionally
> reported that Richard's books were sent, in his lifetime or after his
> death, to the house of the Durham Benedictines at Oxford, and there
> remained until the dissolution of the College by Henry VIII., when they
> were dispersed, some going into Duke Humphrey's (the University) library,
> others to Balliol College, and the remainder passing into the hands of Dr.
> George Owen, who purchased the site of the dissolved College.
> Peter Verheyen, Listowner: Book_Arts-L