Catalogus librorum, compiled by Anthony Higgin, followed by Latin exercises and commentaries on Ovid's Heroides and Tristia, written by Roger Phillips

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      GB 206 Ripon Cathedral MS 35
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      Latin English
  • Physical Description
      1 vol. (97 ff.) Modern pencil foliation. Ff.11, 66, and 87 are blank. Various scribbles on ff.1-2 include the signatures "Richarde Higgins" and "Thomas Laurence". Several folios have been torn out. Rebound in boards ca.1820. Written in ink on the endpaper "Library, Dean & Chapter, Ripon, supposed of Dean Wilkins", and following this, in pencil, "It is Dean Higgin's, and begins with an unfinished catal. of his liby. J.T.F. [i.e. J.T. Fowler]".

Scope and Content

Contains: (1) ff.3-10: Catalogus librorum, containing the theology section of Dean Higgin's library, arranged in 30 classes, under the headings "Biblia sacra, Conciones, Patres, Leiturgiae & Missalia, Commentarii, Scholastici, Polemici. Since the first item in the list is "The Bible in English, K.James trans.", the Catalogue was written after 1611; (2) ff.12-97: Latin exercises, "argumenta" and commentary on Ovid's "Heroides" and "Tristia", each signed at the end "Rogerus Phillippus". This part of the manuscript was probably written before the catalogue.

Administrative / Biographical History

Anthony Higgin (d. 1624), the son of Thomas Higgin of Manchester, was educated at St John's College, Cambridge, where he became a Fellow in 1574. In 1583 he became rector of Kirk Deighton near Wetherby in Yorkshire, and in 1608 he was appointed Dean of Ripon an appointment he held until his death. He collected books extensively throughout his life, and left them to the church at Ripon when he died. The surviving part of his collection, which numbers about 1250 volumes, is now preserved in Leeds University Library as part of Ripon Cathedral Library. Roger Phillips matriculated from St John's College, Cambridge at Easter 1579, took his B.A. in 1582/3, and became Rector of Quendon, Essex, 1585-1632. Possibly he was a pupil of Dean Higgin.

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Acquisition Information

From the library of Anthony Higgin, Dean of Ripon


Mainly in Latin, but with some English


J. T. Fowler "Ripon Minster Library and its founder", Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, Vol.2, pp.371-402; Jean E. Mortimer, "The Library Catalogue of Anthony Higgin, Dean of Ripon (1608-1624)", Proceedings of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, Literary and Historical Section, 10: 1 (1962), 1-75.

Additional Information

Formerly shelved as XVIII.G.21. Many of the books listed in the "Catalogus librorum" are still to be found in the Cathedral Library.