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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.

Electronic bibliographical resources


William Somner
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.


‘Canterbury Cathedral Library’s five copies of the 1763 Baskerville Bible’, Baskerville Society Newsletter, 2019.


Recent 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] [Blog]
  • ‘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]