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Bowen, James (d.1774); of Shrewsbury, painter, topographer, and undertaker; see DNB; for his trade card, Bowen and Morris, High Street, Shrewsbury, see Bodleian Library, MS. Gough Shropshire 2, fol. 744. Manuscripts owned by him now in the Gough collection; see SC 18189-207; he also owned Chicago, Newberry Library, MSS. 12.1 and 12.3, both of which bear his name and the date 1748, and probably MSS. 12.2 and 12.4-7; Eton, College Library, MSS. 225 and probably 226, the former bearing his name and the date 1745; a manuscript formerly in the collection of Revd Arno C. Gaebelin, New York, bearing Bowen's signature and the date 1749; and Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Law School, MS. 64, with the date 1745; the Chicago, Eton, and Gaebelin, manuscripts previously belonged to Reading Abbey; see Paul Saenger, A Catalogue of the Pre-1500 Western Manuscript Books at the Newberry Library (Chicago and London, 1989), 23-8; N. R. Ker, Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries, II (Oxford, 1977), 791-2; Seymour de Ricci and W. J. Wilson, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada, II (New York, 1937), 1670-1; the Harvard Law School manuscript was listed by Ker, Medieval Libraries, as `Reading (Rejected)', Bowen's ownership being recorded on the index cards for Medieval Libraries now housed in the Dept of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts, Bodleian Library; see also Alan Coates, `The Origin, Growth and Dispersal of the Book Collections of Reading Abbey', unpublished D.Phil. thesis, University of Oxford, 1992, 223, and English Medieval Books: The Reading Abbey Collections from Foundation to Dispersal (Oxford, 1999), ad indicem. ♦ Categorisation: Type: Person. Gender: Unknown. Dates: unknown year to 1774. Period: unknown century to 18th century.

2 entries:

  • C-168(1) Cessolis, Jacobus de — De ludo scachorum [English] The play of chess. — [Bruges: William Caxton], 31 Mar. 1474. Folio.
  • L-060(1) Lefevre, Raoul — Le Recueil des histoires de Troyes [English] Recuyell of the historyes of Troye. — [Bruges: William Caxton, 1473/4]. Folio.

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