Publication of Medieval Manuscripts
Corpus is celebrating the publication of two descriptive catalogues of its medieval manuscripts.
Bishop Fox and the college's first President, John Claymond ensured that Corpus Library be well stocked with Greek printed books and manuscripts. He gave the library more than half the present collection of manuscripts as well as seven in Hebrew. Erasmus predicted a great future for the library and referred to the well stocked library in a letter to Claymond in 1519.
A Descriptive Catalogue of the Medieval Manuscripts of Corpus Christi College, Oxford - Western manuscripts by R. M. Thomson
Corpus was intended to be an institution which would introduce Renaissance humanism to Oxford. Its manuscripts range from humanist items from the college's earliest days to groups of texts from the late sixteenth century onwards: John Dee's alchemical manuscripts, other medieval scientific material and many other titles from Old English to Catalan.
Copies may be ordered from Boydell & Brewer.