Richard de Bury


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Richard de Bury

(bĕr`ē), 1287–1345, English bibliophile and bishop of Durham. His name was Aungerville, but he was called Bury from his birthplace, Bury St. Edmunds. Under Edward III he served as treasurer and as chancellor and went on numerous diplomatic missions. He founded a library in Durham College, Oxford. In Philobiblon he describes his experiences as a book collector.

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See edition of the Latin text with a translation by M. Maclagan (1960).


Bury, Richard de:

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, 1287–1345, English bibliophile and bishop of Durham. His name was Aungerville, but he was called Bury from his birthplace, Bury St. Edmunds. Under Edward III he served as treasurer and as chancellor and went on numerous diplomatic missions.
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Initially devoid of opprobrious connotations--in his Philobiblon (1473) the English ecclesiastic Richard de Bury equated the love of books with love of divinity--bibliomania was soon presented far less flatteringly.