Chichester Cathedral Library Collection

The collection

The collection comprises just over 100 volumes, many in folio format. Most date from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and are in Latin, although works in English, French and Greek are also present. The subjects covered by the collection are classics, law, philosophy, numismatics and antiquities. Publishers include Christophe Plantin and Robert Estienne. The majority of the books are bound in contemporary trade calf, sometimes rebacked, with a few in vellum. Most volumes contain the Chichester bookplate with their old shelfmark, and many contain an inscription recording the original donor of the book. John Frankland (d. 1777), fellow of St John’s College Cambridge and prebendary of Chichester, and Matthias Mawson (1683-1770), bishop of Chichester and later of Ely, were particularly generous donors.



Purchased from Chichester Cathedral in 1947.



Catalogued online 2011. For an overview of the collection, do a mixed classmark search on [Chichester].


Select publications

Bibliothecae Ecclesiae Cicestrensis Librorum Catalogus in Duas Partes Divisus (Chichester, 1871; a printed catalogue of the complete collection as it was in Chichester Cathedral). A copy, with the books in Senate House Library marked up, is available from Special Collections staff.
Harrison, Jonathan, ‘The Chichester Cathedral Library Collection: Tale of a Sale’, SHeLF Newsletter, (2012), 6-7