The Vatican Library: Selected References
Research Guide No. 3
Compiled by Cheryl Adams and Pablo Calván, Reference Specialists
The vast treasures of the Vatican Library reflect a long and fascinating
history of acquisition efforts and papal influence. Following are
citations to books and articles in English which may interest those
wishing to know more about these collections and how they came to
be. This bibliography was created to coincide with the exhibition
The Vatican Library and Renaissance Culture," which was
on display at the Library of Congress from January 8 to April 30,
1993. The illustration in the banner above is from the Prognostichon
Hierosolymitanum, a 16th-century Latin mansucript by papal
functionary Giovanni Michele Nagonio.
Baumgarten, Paul Maria.
"The Vatican Library." In The Vatican: its history--its
treasures. Edited by by Ernesto Begni, James C. Grey, and
Thomas J. Kennedy. New York: Letters and Arts Pub. Co., .
Pp. 431-472 : ill., facsims.
LC call number: N2940.B5
Famous libraries of the world : their history, collections,
and administrations. With an
introduction by Arundell Esdaile. London : Grafton & Co., 1937.
-- xix, 458 p., xxxi plates
(incl. front. port. 1 fold), plans.
LC call number: Z721.B97
Section on the Vatican Library: pp. 282-303.
Carlen, Claudia, I.H.M.
"Popes and the Vatican Library." In Translatio studii : manuscript
and library studies honoring Oliver L. Kapsner. Edited by
Julian G. Plante. Collegeville, Minn.: published for the Monastic
Manuscript Microfilm Library by St. John's University Press, 1973.
LC call number: Z1005.T83
"On the Vatican Library of Sixtus IV." In Cambridge Antiquarian
Society. Proceedings and Communications. Vol. 10 (Mar.
6, 1899). Pp. 11-61.
LC call number: CC23.C2
Fifth centenary of the Vatican Library.
1475-1975 : catalogue of the exhibition. [Vatican City?]:
Biblioteca apostolica vaticana, 1975. xxvii, 153 p., lxv p. of plates
: col. ill.
LC call number: Z810.B43 B5 1975
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
John Paul II, Pope, 1920-
"Address at the inauguration of the expanded Vatican Library." In
L'Osservatore Romano. Mar. 26, 1984; p. 4.
LC call number: Newspaper 0880 (request in Newspaper
and Current Periodical Reading Room)
"A short list of references to the Vatican Library." In Library
quarterly. Vol. 9 (Oct. 1939) ; p. 404-410.
LC call number: Z671.L713
Orcutt, William Dana.
The magic of the book : more reminiscences and adventures
of a bookman. Boston: Little,
Brown, & Co., 1930. 4 p. leaves, vii-xii, 314,  p. : ill.
incl. plates, col. front., plates (1 col.),
ports. (1 col.), facsims.
LC call number: Z4.O66
Notes of a visitor to the Library.
Rome reborn : the Vatican Library and
Renaissance culture. Anthony Grafton, editor. Washington:
Library of Congress, 1993. xxvi, 323 p. : ill.
LC call number: CB361.R66 1993
Catalog of the exhibition held at the Library of Congress,
Washington, D.C., Jan. 6-Apr. 30, 1993.
"The Vatican Library." In The Library. Vol. 6 (Nov.-Dec.
1894). Pp. 327-343; 371-385.
LC call number: Z671.L69
Sladen, Douglas Brooke Wheelton.
How to see the Vatican. With sixty half-tone plates
and a map. London: K. Paul, Trench, Trübner, & Co. ltd.
; New York : J. Pott and Co., 1914. xxxi, 441  p. : ill. front.,
59 plates (incl. plans).
LC call number: N2940.S5
Section on the Library: Pp. 213-241.
Thompson, James Westfall, 1869-1941.
The medieval library. Chicago: University of Chicago
Press, 1939. viii, 681,  p.
LC call number: Z723.T47
Reprinted with a supplement by Blanche B. Boyer in New
York by Hafner Pub. Co. in 1957. Description of the Vatican Library
begins on p. 561.
Tisserant, Eugène, Cardinal.
"Pius XI as librarian." In Library quarterly. Vol.
9 (Oct. 1939). Pp. 389-403; photo.
LC call number: Z671.L713
The Vatican Library : its history and
treasures. Edited under the patronage of Alfons Maria Cardinal
Stickler and Leonard Eugene Boyle; text, Maria Siponta De Salvia;
English text, Brigitte Weitbrecht. Yorktown Heights, N.Y.: Belser,
c1989. 277 p. : ill. (some col.)
LC call number: Z810.B43 B5 1989
The Vatican Library. Two papers
by Monsignor Eugène Tisserant and Theodore Wesley
Koch. Jersey City, N.J.: Snead and Co., 1929. 40,  p., 1 leaf
incl. front. : ill. ports, plan.
LC call number: Z810.R76 V3