Fifteenth-Century Librarians at Work

The four books in this section of the exhibition show how fifteenth-century monastic librarians recorded and organized books in their care. Three books include notes listing the contents of multi-work volumes, and two bear markings that indicate their intended locations on the monastery’s shelves. In two of the books, a librarian recorded the names of the well-known fifteenth-century donors who presented these volumes to monastic libraries as acts of pious generosity. Combined, this evidence reflects how fifteenth-century librarians managed the arrival of unprecedented quantities of the new printed books.

   
  Sammelband,
c. 1472
Carthusians of Basel, c. 1487 Carthusians of Buxheim, c. 1506 Benedictines of Melk, c. 1494