Corpus ID: 160419198

De uiris illustribus/On Famous Men

  title={De uiris illustribus/On Famous Men},
  author={James P. Carley},
  • James P. Carley
  • Published 2010
  • History
  • Equipped with a commission from Henry VIII, John Leland began to record the contents of English monastic libraries in 1533 before they were dispersed. His booklists were compiled as the primary resources for his comprehensive dictionary of British writers in four books, entitled De uiris illustribus. This remarkable testament to medieval and early modern habits of book collecting, but also to history and national identity, lay incomplete at Leland's death. The sole extant witness to the author… CONTINUE READING

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