The Mendham Catalogue
Catalogue of the Law Society's Mendham Collection, lent to the University of Kent at Canterbury and housed in Canterbury Cathedral Library. Completed and edited by Sheila Hingley and David Shaw from the catalogue of Helen Carron and others.
The Law Society, London, 1994. cliv, 500p.
Launch of the Mendham Catalogue, 1994
Invitation to the launch of the catalogue
Law Society President Rodger Pannone presents a copy of the Catalogue to David Shaw, Canterbury Cathedral Library, 17 June 1994
Sale of the Mendham Collection by the Law Society, June 2013
The Law Society of London gave notice to the University of Kent and Canterbury Cathedral in April 2012 that it intended to sell the Mendham Collection. In July 2012, Sotheby's took away 300 of the most valuable books which it planned to sell at auction. This would result in the breaking up of the collection, which was left to the Law Society in the expectation that it would be kept together as "The Mendham Collection" and would be made available for scholarly research. An online petition was created to protest about this action. It had received over 4,000 signatures by the autumn of 2012. An appeal to the Charities Commission was unsuccessful and following further unsuccessful legal steps, the first tranche of the sale took place on 5 June 2013. The Mendham Collection has now been irrevocably broken up.
The remainder of the Mendham Collection was removed from Canterbury Cathedral Library in January 2014.
A second sale took place at Bloomsbury Auctions, London, on 20 March 2014 (catalogue, Books from the Ecclesiastical Collection of Joseph Mendham).
Mendham's manuscripts at the Bodleian Library, Oxford
Thirty-seven manuscripts dating from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries were bequeathed to the Library by Joseph Mendham in 1856. They mainly concern the Council of Trent and include letters and diaries.
Joseph Mendham and the Mendham Collection
David J. Shaw, ‘The Library of the Reverend Joseph Mendham’
[published in Swedish translation as ’Pastor Joseph Mendhams bibliotek’ in Biblis 44, Vintern 2008/09, 4555].
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