Edward Gwynn

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Edward Gwynn (d. c. 1645) was a barrister of the Middle Temple.

He had a considerable library. His books are generally tooled with his name in gilt across the front board, sometimes also with his initials on the back board.[1]

J. Franklin Mowery reported in 2010 that 'It is believed that over 70 of his books survive to date. The largest surviving collection of Gwynn’s books, thirty-eight, is at Marsh’s Library, in Dublin; there are sixteen at the Folger Shakespeare Library, eight at St John’s College University of Cambridge, circa fifteen at St Andrews University Library, and 4 others at the Middle Temple Library.'[2] To these can be added the three Canterbury Cathedral copies, a copy in Rochester Cathedral Library, a Sion College copy at Lambeth Palace,[3] and a copy reported at Durham University Library.[4] A copy is also recorded in the Mendham Collection.[5]

A list of Edward Gwynn bindings is being maintained of the FolgerPedia: https://folgerpedia.folger.edu/List_of_books_owned_by_Edward_Gwynn

A copy of Boethius, De consolatione philosophiae (Lyon, 1496) had belonged to William Godmersham (fl. 1469–1510), a monk of St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury. It later belonged to Edward Gwynn and then to John Selden and passed from him into the Bodleian Library.[6]

Some of the copies at St John's, Cambridge, found their way there through Bishop Peter Gunning who had been a Canon of Canterbury.[7]

Edward Gwynn, St John's College, Cambridge
Shelfmark W/I-6-1
John Jewel. Works of ... John Iewell, ... newly set forth with ... his life.. London: 1609.
Gold-tooled lettering on front board: EDWARD GWYNN.
Inscription on verso of front free endpaper: Precium xxiij s.
Shelfmark H/Z-5-8
Alcuin. Opera.
Paris: 1617.
Gold-tooled binding stamp on front board: Edward Gwynn. Gold-tooled binding stamp on back board: E G.
Shelfmark W2/N-5-12
George Abbot. A treatise of the perpetuall visibilitie, and succession of the true Church in all ages.
London: 1624.
Gold-tooled binding stamp on front board: Edward Gwynn. Gold-tooled stamp on back board: E G..
  1. William A. Jackson, 'Edward Gwynne', The Library (1934) s4-XV (1): 90-96.
  2. J. Franklin Mowery, 'The Bindings of Edward Gwynn in the Folger Shakespeare Library', Philobiblon (2010) PDF
  3. https://sionprovenance.wordpress.com/2018/03/21/gilt-tooled-binding-of-edward-gwynn/
  4. David Pearson, Provenance Research in Book History: A Handbook, London: British Library (1994) p. 116 and fig. 4.18).
    See also the entry for Edward Gwynn in David Pearson, English book owners in the seventeenth century: A work in progress listing, The Bibliographical Society, Electronic Publications (2007, version cited July 2011)
  5. 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. No. A4
  6. MEI Database, http://data.cerl.org/mei/00206827
  7. 'Gilt name of Edward Gwynn (d. ca. 1645)', St John's College web site.