John Day: Library Catalogue

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 12 MS.Add.4508
  • Dates of Creation
      1906 (copy of original of c. 1637)
  • Name of Creator
  • Physical Description
      1 volume

Scope and Content

Transcript made by J.J. Green of a catalogue of books bequeathed in 1627 to John Day, son of Lionel Day, by John Day the divine, 29 folios. The books were probably for the most part from the library of John Day the printer. On fos 1-3 are notes on a manuscript commonplace book of Lionel Day (Phillipps MS 2404), which was in the possession of J.J. Green in 1906. On fos 23 and 24 are further notes on Lionel Day and his family, and on fos 25-28 notes on the printer John Day and his family.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Day (1522-1584), printer, printed the first church music-book in English and the first psalm-tunes published in England. He became master of the Stationers' Company in 1580. His children included John Day (1546-1628), divine, vicar of St Mary's, Oxford, 1609-1622, and Lionel Day (1570-1640), B.D., rector of Whichford, Warwickshire, and father of John Day (1611-1631).

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by J.J. Green, 1906.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entries on John Day the printer and John Day the divine in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, Vol. V (London, 1908), pp. 683-685 and 687-688.

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