The deposit of printed books comprises all the college's pre-1701 books, including 10 incunables (such as the earliest printed book Bonus Accursius's edition of Scriptores historiae augustae (Milan 1475) (SA 0169) and a 1497 Missale Parisiense lavishly decorated with woodcuts (+A.7)), 34 sixteenth-century and 84 seventeenth-century books, andsome volumes of later date. There are many Latin and Greek copies of classical texts, history and literature, and works on the bible, with some later works on church history, liturgy and ritual, and more general history. There is also much ofprovenance and binding interest in the collection.
The manuscripts comprise two medieval manuscripts (a mid 13th-century North Italian Cistercian antiphoner and a mid 15th-century Italian book of hours), a fragment of a 16th-century musical manuscript, a 19th-century Turkish calligraphicmanuscript, and a later 13th century Paris gospel fragment. Manuscript fragments also feature as pastedowns on printed books, such as 12th century bible and 15th century grammar fragments on Guillaume Durand's Rationale divinorum officiorum (Lyon 1516) (B.3) and a 15th century Verona legal document on Virgil's Georgica (Verona 1598) (B.20).