ELY, Cambridgeshire, Benedictine abbey and (1109) cathedral priory of St Peter and St Etheldreda
Receipt for return of books loaned to roger of Huntingfield, 1329, in BL MS Add. 41612, fol. 72r, printed by R. Sharpe & others, English Benedictine Libraries: the Shorter Catalogues, CBMLC 4 (1996), B27. List of titles seen by Leland, ibid. B28. Assigned a library number in the Registrum Anglie (ed. R. H. Rouse & M. A. Rouse, CBMLC 2 (1991)), but no titles reported.
A distinctive mark, consisting of a cross on a single or double-limbed base, occurs in Cambridge UL MS Ii.2.15; Corpus Christi College, MSS 44, 393, 416; Pembroke College, MS 308; Trinity College, MS O. 2 1; BL MS Harley 1031; Bodl. MSS Bodley 582, Rawlinson Q.f.8; the mark is usually written near the top of the outer margin of the first leaf of text. The common form of ex libris inscription, 'Iste liber pertinet ecclesie Eliensi' (s. xv) is written at the end as well as at the beginning of the manuscript.
An all-figure pressmark occurs in the Ely Cathedral copy of Historia Eliensis, Bodl. MSS Bodley 762, Laud Misc. 647, and Oxford, Balliol College, 49. Manuscripts of unknown provenance with a pressmark like this are Aberystwyth, NL, MS 735C (7.3); Cambridge, UL MS Ii. 4. 22 (6.41); Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MSS 131 (6.21) and 397 (12.20); Oxford, Magdalen College, MS 17 + London, Westminster Abbey, MS 34/3 (19.20 in both parts).
ETON, Buckinghamshire, Royal College of the Assumption of Saint Mary the Virgin
Discussion of the library by J. M. W. Willoughby, The Libraries of Collegiate Churches, CBMLC 15 (2013), 121–41. Service-books listed in an inventory of goods of 1445, in Eton College Records, COLL/INV/1, printed ibid. SC227. Inventory of books in library and choir, 1465, in COLL/INV/4, printed ibid. SC229. Inventory of chapel ornaments, 1528, in COLL/INV/7, fol. 3r, printed ibid. SC235. Inventory of service-books, c. 1531, in COLL/INV/7, fol. 5v, printed ibid. SC236. Inventory of chapel plate and jewels, 1536 x 1547, in COLL/INV/8, fol. 1r, printed ibid. SC237. Excerpts culled from the Audit Books printed as SC242. List of books returned to the bursars, 1558, in ECR, 62/4, Audit Book 1563–1572, p. 687, printed ibid. SC243. Bequests of books by fellows of 1457, 1467, 1482, 1485, 1489, 1524, 1536, 1545, 1547, 1550, printed ibid. SC228, SC230, SC231–234, SC238–241.
EVESHAM, Worcestershire, Benedictine abbey of St Mary the Virgin and St Egwin
List of books acquired by Thomas of Marlborough (d. 1236), in Bodl. MS Rawlinson A. 287, fol. 184r, printed by R. Sharpe & others, English Benedictine Libraries: the Shorter Catalogues, CBMLC 4 (1996), B29. Lists of books bequeathed by Prior Nicholas of Hereford (d. 1392), Prior John Marche (?s. xivex), and John of Bromsgrove, sacrist (?s. xivex), in BL MS Harley 3763, fol. 180r, printed ibid. B30. Select list of titles seen by Leland, ibid. B31. The Registrum Anglie reported 24 titles from the library (see R. H. Rouse & M. A. Rouse, CBMLC 2 (1991), 293).
New editions of the following sources and more are forthcoming by N. L. Ramsay & J. M. W. Willoughby, The Libraries of the Secular Cathedrals, CBMLC.
Records of gifts of Bishop Leofric (d. 1072) printed from Exeter Cathedral, MS 3501, fols. 1–3, Bodl. MS Auct. D. 2. 16, fols. 1–2, and Exeter Cathedral, charter 2570, by M. Förster in The Exeter Book (London 1933), 10–32. The list has otherwise been printed and discussed on numerous occasions, most recently by M. Lapidge in Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts: Basic Readings, ed. M. P. Richards (London 1994), 132–9. Catalogue (incipits given) in inventory of 1327 printed from Exeter Cathedral, MS 3671 by G. Oliver, Lives of the Bishiops of Exeter (1861), 301–10; supplementary gifts, pp. 317–19. Catalogue (second folios given) in inventory of 1506, printeed by Oliver, Lives, pp. 366–75; service-books, etc. kept outside the library listed pp. 323, 330–34, 350–54, 356–65. Note of sale in 1383 of eleven books given 'ad fabricam ecclesie' printed from the chapter act book, i, p. 32, in HMC Various Collections, 4. 37 (second folios given). Books noted by John Leland, Collectanea, 4. 151, and Itinerary, 1. 230.
The Registrum Anglie reported 168 titles from the library (see R. H. Rouse & M. A. Rouse, CBMLC 2 (1991), 284–6).
MLGB2's entry for Exeter Cathedral MS 3548D should be deleted, as being a long-disused call number for 3505B, reentered in error.
EYE, Suffolk, Benedictine alien priory of St Peter; cell of Bernay
List of two titles seen by Leland, printed by R. Sharpe & others, English Benedictine Libraries: the Shorter Catalogues, CBMLC 4 (1996), B32, Leland noted the 'Red Book of Eye', 'scriptus litteris majusculis Longobardicis', and in an inventory of 1536 'an olde Masse boke callyd the redde boke of Eye garnysshed with a lyttel sylver on the one side, xx d.' (printed by F. Haslewood in Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology 8 (1894), 105).
EYNSHAM, Oxfordshire, Benedictine abbey of St Mary the Virgin, St Benedict and All Saints
Record of books on loan, 1363 x 1366, in Durham, Dean and Chapter, Misc. 5665, mem. 2d, printed by R. Sharpe & others, English Benedictine Libraries: the Shorter Catalogues, CBMLC 4 (1996), B33. Select list of titles seen by Leland, printed ibid. B35. The Registrum Anglie reported 92 titles from the library (see R. H. Rouse & M. A. Rouse, CBMLC 2 (1991), 266–7).
The pressmark in Bodl. MS Laud lat. 31 is in red at the top of the first leaf of the text in the centre. Closely similar marks are in three manuscripts without ex libris inscriptions, included but queried here.