A Catalogue of Books Printed in the Fifteenth Century now in the Bodleian Library

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A Catalogue of Books Printed in the Fifteenth Century now in the Bodleian Library
Author Alan Coates, Kristian Jensen, Cristina Dondi, Bettina Wagner and Helen Dixon; with the assistance of Carolinne White and Elizabeth Mathew; blockbooks, woodcuts and metalcut single sheets by Nigel F. Palmer; inventory of Hebrew incunabula by Silke Schaeper
Country United Kingdom
Language English, Latin, Hebrew and Greek
Subject Incunabula, Bodleian Library
Genre Short title catalogue
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication date
7 July 2005
Media type Print
Pages 6 volumes (lxxxvii, 2,165 p.)
ISBN 0199513732 (set)
0199519056 (vol. 1)
0199519064 (vol. 2)
0199519072 (vol. 3)
0199519080 (vol. 4)
0199519099 (vol. 5)
0199519102 (vol. 6)
OCLC 61755765
016.093
LC Class Z240.A1 B63 2005

A Catalogue of Books Printed in the Fifteenth Century now in the Bodleian Library (cited as Bod-inc.[1]) is a short-title catalogue of more than 5,600 incunabula held in the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford. Bod-inc. stands out among incunabula catalogues for its detailed listing of the contents of each edition being described. It was published on 7 July 2005 by Oxford University Press in six volumes.

History[edit]

L. A. Sheppard began work on a catalogue of Bodleian incunabula in 1955 but he left Oxford in 1971 before the work could be completed; his slip catalogue was bound into seven volumes and served as a base of information for the Bod-inc. project.[2] In the mid-1980s, Kristian Jensen, as the Bodleian Library's specialist in early printed books, decided that a new catalogue was needed and that its descriptions should follow the standards of detail expected in catalogues of medieval manuscripts.[3] Early in the project, Jensen was assisted by Bettina Wagner and Alan Coates beginning in 1992. Work on Bod-inc. was undertaken over the thirteen-year period between January 1992 and January 2005 by a team of cataloguers. From 1992 to 1999, Jensen headed the cataloguing team; he was succeeded by Alan Coates who headed the project from 2000 to its completion, during which time Jensen served as a consultant.[4] Bod-inc. was published in the 400th anniversary year of the publication of the first catalogue[5] of the Bodleian Library in 1605.

Aims of the catalogue[edit]

The aims of Bod-inc. are summarized in the catalogue's introduction:

The main aim of the catalogue has been, from the outset, to combine information about the individual copies in the collections of the Bodleian Library (their bindings, their provenance, manuscript notes, and other signs of use) with a detailed analysis of the contents of each edition, locating all texts in each edition, identifying their authors, and giving references to modern editions of each text where they exist. It is not the aim of the catalogue to replicate typographical information which is already available in one of the other detailed incunable catalogues, such as GW, BMC, or Polain.[6]

Contents[edit]

Bod-inc. is divided into six volumes:

Volume 1[edit]

Volume 2[edit]

  • Descriptions of incunabula arranged alphabetically by author or title, B–C

Volume 3[edit]

  • Descriptions of incunabula arranged alphabetically by author or title, D–H

Volume 4[edit]

  • Descriptions of incunabula arranged alphabetically by author or title, I–O

Volume 5[edit]

  • Descriptions of incunabula arranged alphabetically by author or title, P–S

Volume 6[edit]

  • Descriptions of incunabula arranged alphabetically by author or title, T–Z
  • Inventory by Silke Schaeper of Hebrew incunabula
  • Indexes
  • Appendices
    • Items recorded by Sheppard, but not included in the Catalogue
    • Items included in ISTC, but excluded from the Catalogue
    • List of items in Schreiber, Woodcuts from Books of the 15th Century

Reviews[edit]

  • Needham, Paul (September 2007). "The Bodleian Library Incunables". Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. 101 (3): 345–395. 
  • Sharpe, Richard (June 2008). "The Present and Future of Incunable Cataloguing, II". The Library. 7th ser. 9 (2): 210–224. doi:10.1093/library/9.2.210. 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Alan Coates, et al., A Catalogue of Books Printed in the Fifteenth Century now in the Bodleian Library (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), p. lxxxvii.
  2. ^ Alan Coates, et al., A Catalogue of Books Printed in the Fifteenth Century now in the Bodleian Library (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), p. lxx–lxxii.
  3. ^ Alan Coates, et al., A Catalogue of Books Printed in the Fifteenth Century now in the Bodleian Library (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), p. lxxii.
  4. ^ Alan Coates, et al., A Catalogue of Books Printed in the Fifteenth Century now in the Bodleian Library (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), p. xiii.
  5. ^ Bodleian Library, Catalogus librorum bibliothecae publicae quam vir ornatissimus Thomas Bodleius eques auratus in Academia Oxoniensi nuper instituit (Oxford: J. Barnes, 1605); English Short Title Catalogue record.
  6. ^ Alan Coates, et al., A Catalogue of Books Printed in the Fifteenth Century now in the Bodleian Library (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), p. lxxix.

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