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David Shaw's Blog on the history of the book, early music, the history of Canterbury Cathedral Library and its collections.
  • Cornetts and sackbuts in Canterbury Cathedral at the Restoration
  • Rats in the organ at Canterbury Cathedral in 1674
  • Two books from the library of Sir Hans Sloane
  • The Canterbury Christmas Day riots, 1647
  • Financial record-keeping at Canterbury Cathedral in the late 17th century
  • The Revd Robert Hunt of Reculver (Kent) and Jamestown (Virginia)
  • From prison in Philadelphia to a canonry at Canterbury Cathedral
  • Did Canterbury Cathedral Library chain its books in the seventeenth century?
  • The dung heap in St George’s Lane
  • A military guard for the Canterbury Playhouse in 1744
  • Printed books surviving from Canterbury medieval libraries

Electronic bibliographical resources

News

William Somner
(1606–1669)
Conference and exhibition
Saturday 23 March 2019
Canterbury Christ Church University
Jackie Eales, 'Somner's Canterbury'; Avril Leach, 'The Antiquities of Canterbury'; Rachel Fletcher, 'The Anglo-Saxon/Latin/English Dictionary'; David Shaw,  'William Somner's books'; Kenneth Fincham, 'William Somner and William Laud'.

Awarded the Folter Fellowship in the History of Bibliography for 2015/2016 by the Bibliographical Society of America.

Publications

Printed material in the Cathedral Archives', Canterbury Cathedral Archive and Library Newsletter, 58, Winter 2018, p. 4–5. [Read online]
‘John Mower, vicar of Tenterden in the late fifteenth century: his will, his career and his library’, The Library18 (2) (June 2017): 152–174. [Read online]
‘Unlocking the Chest: financial record-keeping at Canterbury Cathedral in the late 17th century’, Cathedral Libraries and Archives Association Newsletter, Winter 2016, pp.21–22. [Blog]
‘Cornetts and sackbuts in Canterbury Cathedral at the Restoration (1660)’. Southern Early Music Forum Newsletter, December 2016, p. 6. [Blog]
‘The one-pull press and printing on half sheets’, Houghton Library Blog, 27 May 2016. [Link]
`The Revd Robert Hunt of Reculver and Jamestown, Virginia', Canterbury Cathedral Archive and Library Newsletter, 55, October 2015, p. 3. [Link]
‘Canterbury Cathedral’s oldest printed item: Der Ackerman von Böhmen (1463)’, Picture This, Canterbury Cathedral Library and Archive, 1 January 2014. [Link]
‘One book, five printers: Shared printing in early sixteenth-century Paris (Franciscus Lichetus, Commentaria, Paris, 1520)’, Le Bulletin du bibliophile, 2013, no. 2, 267–288. [Download pre-print version]
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