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1. Jesus College, Cambridge, MS, 34. This thirteenth-century manuscript includes two library catalogues, bound together. The first and longest runs from f. 1r – 5r and it has been suggested that this is a copy of a late twelfth-century list (see below); the second shorter catalogue runs from f. 5v-6 and is likely a copy of a thirteenth-century list (see below). For a recent edition of the two copies of the library catalogue (and Leland’s observations on the abbey’s holdings in the later Middle Ages), see Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues 3: Libraries of the Cistercians, Gilbertines and Premonstratensians, ed. D. N. Bell (London, 1992), pp. 87-120. Bell argues that the two copies (Z19 and Z20) are not simply a longer and an abbreviated version of the catalogue but rather copies of two separate lists, the first and longer one (Z19) a copy of a late twelfth- century list; the second, a copy of a thirteenth-century list. This, he suggests, explains why the second copy although shorter than the first, omits some books that are listed in the first (which had probably been lost), includes additional works (acquired in the interim) and is organised differently (a new librarian with fresh ideas), see pp. 87-88. Surviving manuscripts are discussed by A. Lawrence ‘English Cistercian manuscripts of the twelfth century’ in Cistercian Art and Architecture in the British Isles, ed. C. Norton and D. Park (Cambridge, 1986), pp. 284-298.
2. Lawrence, ‘English Cistercian manuscripts’, p. 290.
3. D. Bell, ‘The books of Meaux Abbey’, Analecta Cisterciensa 40 (1984), pp. 25-83, at p. 29.
4. Bell, ‘The books of Meaux’, p. 30.
5. See Bell, ‘The books of Meaux’, pp. 27-30, where he compares the holdings at Rievaulx, Meaux, Lanthony and Peterborough.
6. C. Cross, ‘Monastic learning and libraries in sixteenth-century Yorkshire’, Studies in Church History 8: Humanism and Reform: the church in Europe, England and Scotland 1400-1643, Essays in honour of James Cameron (1991), pp. 255-269 at p. 266.