Cotton’s Library Online Bibliography

Many of the sources for Cotton’s Library are available online. The book includes URLs for these, in addition to notes on print-only sources, but for added convenience this page provides hyperlinks to all online sources.

General Cotton Library information

Birkwood, Katherine. “‘Our Learned Primate’ and that ‘rare treasurie’: James Ussher’s Use of Sir Robert Cotton’s manuscript library, c. 1603–1655.” Cambridge, England: St. John’s College Library, 2010.

Hooper, Samuel. A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Cottonian library. To which are added, many emendations and additions. With an appendix, containing an account of the damage sustained by the fire in 1731; and also a catalogue of the charters preserved in the same library. London, 1777.

Keynes, Simon. “The reconstruction of a burnt Cottonian manuscript: the case of Cotton Ms. Otho A. I.” British Library Journal (1996): 113-160.

Lee, S.D. “Two fragments from Cotton MS. Otho B. X.” British Library Journal (1991): 83-87.

Levelt, Sjoerd. “The Manuscripts of Jan van Naaldwijk’s Chronicles of Holland, Cotton MSS. Vitellius F. XV and Tiberius C. IV.” The Electronic British Library Journal (2012) Article 4.

Prescott, Andrew. “‘Their Present Miserable State of Cremation’: The Restoration of the Cotton Library.” http://www.uky.edu/~kiernan/eBeo_archives/articles90s/ajp-pms.htm

Tite, Colin G.C. “‘Lost or stolen or strayed’: a survey of manuscripts formerly in the Cotton Library.” British Library Journal (1992): 107-147.

Walter Thornbury, “The royal palace of Westminster,” Old and New London: Volume 3, British History Online.

Background/Context

Aubrey, John. Brief Lives. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1898.

Bale, John, and John Leland.. The Laboryouse Journey & Serche of John Leylande for Englandes Antiquitees Geven of Hym as a Newe Years Gyfte to Kynge Henry the VIII in the Xxxvii. Yeare of His Reygne. Ed. W.A. Coppinger. Manchester, England: The Priory Press, 1895.

Gittleson, Kim. “Trade secrets of oldest family firm in US.” BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation, 6 June 2012.

Sir Robert Cotton

Backhouse, Janet. “Sir Robert Cotton’s record of a royal bookshelf.” British Library Journal (1992): 44-51.

Carley, James P. “The Royal Library as a source for Sir Robert Cotton’s collection: a preliminary list of acquisitions.” British Library Journal (1992): 52-73.

Edwards, Edward. Lives of the Founders of the British Museum. London: Turner and Co., 1870.

Howarth, David. “Sir Robert Cotton and the commemoration of famous men.” British Library Journal (1992): 1-28. 

Montague, Bruce R. “Robert Bruce Cotton, 1571-1631.” The Montague Millennium. Larry Montague, 2006.

Selden, John. Table Talk: being the discourses of John Selden, Esq. Ed. Edward Arber. London: A. Murray & Son, 1869.

“Sir Robert Cotton.” Kemble: The Anglo-Saxon Charters Website. The British Academy – Royal Historical Society Joint Committee on Anglo-Saxon Charters.

Society of Antiquaries of London. Archaeologia: or miscellaneous tracts relating to antiquity. Published by the Society of Antiquaries of London. The second edition. Vol. 1. London, 1779.

Interregnum

Peacey, Jason. “Sir Thomas Cotton’s Consumption of News in 1650s England.” The Library: The Transactions of the Bibliographical Society 7.1 (2006): 3-24.

Joy, Eileen A. “Thomas Smith, Humfrey Wanley, and the ‘Little-Known Country’ of the Cotton Library.” The Electronic British Library Journal (2005) Article 1.

Cataloging

Teviotdale, E.C. “Some classified catalogues of the Cottonian Library.” British Library Journal (1992): 74-87.

Tite, Colin G.C. “The Early Catalogues of the Cottonian Library.” British Library Journal (1980): 144-157.

Nationalization

John Raithby (editor), “William III, 1700 & 1701: An Act for the better settling and preserving the Library kept in the House at Westminster called Cotton House in the Name and Family of the Cottons for the Benefit of the Publick [Chapter VII. Rot. Parl. 12 § 13 Gul. III. p. 1. n. 7.],” Statutes of the Realm: volume 7: 1695-1701, British History Online

Joseph Redington (editor), “Preface,” Calendar of Treasury Papers, Volume 3: 1702-1707, British History Online

Joseph Redington (editor), “Volume 98: April 1-June 29, 1706,” Calendar of Treasury Papers, Volume 3: 1702-1707, British History Online

Joseph Redington (editor), “Volume 192: September 2-October 31, 1715,” Calendar of Treasury Papers, Volume 5: 1714-1719, British History Online

Joseph Redington (editor), “Volume 199: April 3-July 31, 1716,” Calendar of Treasury Papers, Volume 5: 1714-1719, British History Online

William A. Shaw (editor), “Warrant Books: December 1707, 1-15,” Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 21: 1706-1707, British History Online

The Fire

Parliamentary Committee Appointed to View the Cottonian Library. A Report from The Committee Appointed to View the Cottonian Library, &c. London: The House of Commons, 1732.

Tomalak, Ann. “Crisp as a Poppadom.” Medieval manuscripts blog. The British Library, 25 Feb. 2013.

The British Museum

Borrie, Michael. “Panizzi and Madden.” British Library Journal (1979): 18-36.

“History of the British Museum.” The British Museum.

“History of the collection.” The British Museum.

“Illuminated manuscripts: a guide to the British Library’s collections: The foundation collections.” The British Library.

Prescott, Andrew. “‘Their Present Miserable State of Cremation’: The Restoration of the Cotton Library.” Sir Robert Cotton as Collector: Essays on an Early Stuart Courtier and His Legacy. Ed. C. J. Wright. London: British Library Publications, 1997. 391-454.

“Reading Room.” The British Museum.

“Sir Hans Sloane.” The British Museum.

The British Library

“Cotton Manuscripts Project.” HRI Digital. The University of Sheffield, 2013.

Davies, Caroline. “Lost drawing of Henry VIII’s great victory uncovered.” The Guardian (London), 4 Apr. 2009.

“Library treasures escape fire.” BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation, 23 July 2003.

Medieval manuscripts blog. The British Library.

Coins

Archibald, Marion M. “Cotton’s Anglo-Saxon Coins in the Light of the Peiresc Inventory of 1606.” British Numismatic Journal 76 (2006): 171-203.

Grueber, Herbert A. and Charles Francis Keary. A Catalogue of English Coins in the British Museum: Anglo-Saxon Series, vol. II. London: The Trustees of the British Museum, 1893.

Keary, Charles Francis. A Catalogue of English Coins in the British Museum: Anglo-Saxon Series, vol. I. London: The Trustees of the British Museum, 1887.

Specific Highlights of the Collection

“Appeal for return of Magna Carta to Runnymede.” BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation, 28 Oct. 2012.

“Beowulf.” Online Gallery. The British Library.

Borrie, Michael. “What became of Magna Carta?” British Library Journal (1976): 1-7.

Di Consiglio, Flavia. “Lindisfarne Gospels: Why is this book so special?” BBC Religion & Ethics. British Broadcasting Corporation, 20 March 2013.

“Gospels to return to North East.” BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation, 24 March 2009.

Kiernan, Kevin S. “Electronic Beowulf Archives, 1993-1997.” The University of Kentucky / The British Library.

Kiernan, Kevin S., et al. Electronic Beowulf – Third Edition. The University of Kentucky / The British Library.

“Magna Carta copies to be united to mark 800th anniversary.” BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation, 14 July 2013.

“Sacred Texts: Lindisfarne Gospels.” Online Gallery. The British Library.

Siebold, Jim. “The Cottoniana or Anglo-Saxon Map.” Ancient Maps 6,200 BC to 600 AD.

“Treasures in Full: Magna Carta.” The British Library.

Wenzel, Marian. “Deciphering the Cotton Genesis miniatures: preliminary observations concerning the use of colour.” British Library Journal (1987): 79-100.

“Viz creator urges gospels return.” BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation, 20 March 2008.