Benjamin Harrison (1808–1887) was educated at Christ Church, Oxford (matriculated 1826; Student 1828; BA 1830; MA 1833). He taught Hebrew at Oxford for the next ten years. He was appointed a Six Preacher at Canterbury by Archbishop Howley in 1842 and probably gave the 1843 Polyglott Bible to the Library shortly afterwards, perhaps on his installation. He was appointed Archdeacon of Maidstone in 1845 and moved into the Precincts. He was at one time Canon Librarian with Dean Alford. His personal library, which included books left to him by Archbishop William Howley, was given to the Cathedral by his widow in 1887. His books have his armorial bookplate (possibly Franks 13880).
- Shelfmark W/A-1-2
- Biblia ecclesiae polyglotta. The proper lessons for Sundays, from the ... Old Testament ... with the ... Book of Psalms ... Edited by Frederick Ilif.
- London: 1843
- Presentation inscription c. 1843 on front pastedown: by the Rev. Benjamin Harrison A.M. Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury and one of the six Preachers of the Cathedral.
- Shelfmark W/S-11-10
- Anicius Manlius Torquatus Severinus Boethius. Boetius cum triplici commento. Autii [sic] Manlii Torquati Seuerini Boetij ... Consolatio philosophica: & disciplina scholarium: Cum argutissimis diui Thome: & Iodoci Badii Ascensij commentarijs ... [Lyon]: .
- In an early sixteenth-century English blind-stamped binding.
- Inscription on title page: Liber Christopheri Bagshawi dono Patr[is]; Inscription on final leaf of text: Chrystopher Bagshawe oweth thys good […]; Inscription on D2v: CC Bagshawe oweth thys booke wytnesseth Edmunde Tytte.
- Inscription on title page: Ad Germente[m]? Saunders p[er]tinet hic [Go]d[w]ellus p[re]cij xxd; inscription on a2r: Germenti Saunders p[er]tinet hic [Go]duellus
- Inscription on a2r: Liber Coll: Scti Joannis Baptistæ, Oxon, ex legato Henrici Price, sacræ Theologiæ Baccalaurei, et huius Coll: olim Socij. Obijt 2° Februarij. 1600.
- Inscription on a2r: Jo: Brasier (?) em: a Collegio 1665
- Inscription on front pastedown: George Bellas D.D. 1777.
- Bookplate on front pastedown: Benjamin Harrison.