RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoMS 1047
Extent73 ff.
Date17th century
DescriptionCatalogue of the manuscripts in Lambeth Palace Library, as arranged during the archiepiscopate of Gilbert Sheldon, Archbishop of Canterbury 1663-77.

The catalogue is in the hand of the Lambeth Librarian, Herbert Richards (c.1643-1678), who was Rector of Allington (or Aldington), Kent, 1671-8. (Compare Richard's hand in his subscription on 6 April 1671 in VG 1/4). The catalogue is arranged alphabetically by authors or titles. Shelf marks are in the form A1, D23, R 5 etc., extending from A.1 to V.34.

A few additions were made subsequently in other hands, including (f. 10r) the works of Charles I [MS. 322, acquired in 1678] and (f. 14r) Philip Traherne's variant readings in the codex Ephesinus [MS. 528b, acquired in 1680].

With annotations and corrections in the hand of William Sancroft, Archbishop of Canterbury 1678-91, and with check marks suggesting that he used the catalogue for a stock check of the manuscripts.

On the first leaf (f. i recto) is the title: 'C. Catalogus Manuscriptorum'. The catalogue was exhibited in the Court of Arches in 1679 in the suit between Archbishop Sancroft and the heirs of Archbishop Sheldon, when it was referred to as the 'catalogue of manuscripts lettered C'
(Arches E6/161). A receipt for its return to Archbishop Sancroft's secretary on 14 April 1681 is Arches F/8, f. 157r.
LanguageLatin and English
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2013
PhysicalDescriptionBinding of dark calf, tooled in gold, with centrepiece of a vase of flowers. 192 x 152 mm.
Paper leaves. Folios ii-iv and 39-73 are blank.
CustodialHistoryRecorded in Andrew Coltee Ducarel's catalogue of the Lambeth manuscripts dated 1763 (LR/F/42).
CopiesA digital copy is available via the online image management system:
RelatedMaterialCatalogues of the Library's printed books in the hand of Herbert Richards are LR/F/8-9, which were also exhibited in court in the Sancroft versus Sheldon suit, being lettered A and B. Additional copies made from these by Richards (with some errors in copying) are LR/F/5-6. LR/F/6 also includes (ff. 268-310) Richards' catalogue of the manuscripts, copied from MS. 1047.
PublnNotePalmer, Richard, 'Sancroft Versus Sheldon: A Case of Books' in The Library (18:3), 2017 [Lambeth Palace Library Z1008.[B5]]

Mordechai Feingold, Labourers in the Vineyard of the Lord (Brill, Leiden, 2018) [Lambeth Palace Library E186.L2]

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32Sancroft; William (1617-1693); Archbishop of Canterbury1617-1693
GB/109/21903Richards; Herbert (c.1643-1678); Lambeth Librarian; Rector of Allington, Kentc.1643-1678
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