Scriptorum illustrium maioris Brytanniae ... catalogus

John Bale
  • Latin
  • prose
  • English texts, Printed book
A two-volume printed work containing John Bale's extensive chronological catalogue of British and other authors (1557-1559). It builds on his earlier work, Illustrium maioris Britanniae scriptorum ... summarium (1548-1549), which is here significantly expanded and thoroughly revised.
Bale (John)
Bale (John)
English protestant churchman; bishop of Ossory (1552/3); antiquarian and collector of manuscripts; author of a number of polemical plays, such as Kynge Johan, and an autobiographical work called The Vocacyon of Johan Bale.

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  • Latin
The work was printed between 1557 and 1559.
prose (primary)
Textual relationships
Related: Index Britanniae scriptorumIndex Britanniae scriptorumJohn Bale's catalogue of British and other authors as it appears in his notebook. Unlike his two published catalogues, this version is alphabetically arranged.


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Bacharius Macceus, diui Patricii discipulus...

» Comments: I, pp.44-45. Mario Esposito, ‘Bachiarius. Arator. Lathcen’, Journal of Theological Studies 30 (1929) identifies this person with the Irish teacher Macarius whose pupil is said to have argued with Ratramnus of Corbie over the existence of a universal soul (see the latter's Liber de anima ad Odonem Bellovacensem).


Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[print] Bale, John, Scriptorum illustrium maioris Brytanniae ... catalogus, 2 vols, Basel, 1557–1559.
The book as originally printed
[tr.] Warner, J. Christopher, John Bale's catalogue of Tudor authors: an annotated translation of records from the Scriptorum illustrium maioris Brytanniae ... catalogus (1557–1559), Tempe, Arizona: ACMRS, 2010. xl + 427 pp.  
A meticulously annotated translation of the Tudor-era title entries in John Bale’s two-part Catalogue of British Authors, identifying over 1500 extant and lost works by 237 writers of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Each title is translated from the Latin and if extant identified, with cross-references to STC and other catalogues, locations of manuscript and non-STC works, a general index, STC index, and other indices that make this an indispensable resource for the study of Tudor political and intellectual history, the English Reformation, early English Renaissance literature, and the rise of the printing press and English book culture.
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Dennis Groenewegen
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