READING, Berkshire, Benedictine abbey of Saint Mary the Virgin
A. E. Coates, English Medieval Books. The Reading Abbey Collections from Foundation to Dispersal (Oxford 1999).
Catalogue of c. 1192 in BL MS Egerton 3031, fol. 8v, printed by R. Sharpe & others, English Benedictine Libraries: the Shorter Catalogues, CBMLC 4 (1996), B71. Receipt for books delivered to King John by the monks, 1208 (most likely royal books in the abbey on deposit), in PRO C 54/4 mem. 5, printed ibid. B72. Letter concerning the theft of a book, 1253, in Lambeth Palace, MS 371, fol. *1r, printed ibid. B73. List of books kept in the dormitory, s. xivex, in Oxford, St John's College, MS 11, fol. 3r, printed ibid. B74. The Registrum Anglie reported 114 titles from the library (see R. H. Rouse & M. A. Rouse, CBMLC 2 (1991), 267–8).
The common form of the ex libris inscription of s. xiii is 'Hic est liber Sancte Marie de Rading. Quem qui celauerit uel fraudem de eo fecerit anathema sit', written on a flyleaf.