An account of Mr Cron's life and collecting is in The Book Collector, 51 (2002).
Numbers 1-28 are described briefly in A Handlist of Western Manuscripts from the Library of B. S. Cron (Privately printed, 1965) ['30 copies devised and printed by Iain Bain at the Laverock Press Newnham Hertfordshire March MCMLXV'].
Additional numbers 1-8 are described briefly, with addenda and corrigenda to the descriptions of nos. 10, 11, 20, and 24, in handwritten additions by A. C. de la Mare, in the Bodleain copy of the Handlist, which was presented to the Bodleian by Mr Cron in 1969.
Mr Cron sold four codices in 1966, and by 1978 had disposed of his fragments, cuttings, etc. through Quaritch (of whom he had been a long-standing customer). For information about many of the present locations listed below I am grateful to Richard Linenthal, of Bernard Quaritch Ltd.
After his death, two were bequeathed to the British Library (Add. MSS. 78829 and 78830), the others were sold privately by Quaritch, several of which went to a London private collection, and were re-sold by Quaritch in an elegant little catalogue styled on Cron's own: From Carolingian to Gothic: Four Centuries of Medieval Manuscripts from an English Private Collection (London, 2005)
|No.||Contents||Provenance||Disposal and/or Present location|
|1||Augustine, partial leaf; France, s. ix||Merton, Millar||Quaritch Catalogue 1056, no. 80, now Stanford University|
|2||Berengaudus; France, s. xi||SCC no. 22||Carolingian to Gothic, [no. 2]|
|3||Epistle-Lectionary, imperfect; Italy, s. xi||SCC no. 3||Beinecke Library|
|4||Psalter in Greek; Byzantium, before 1087||SCC no. 116||Carolingian to Gothic, [no. 3]|
|5||Psalter; England (St. Albans), s. xii||Heber, Phillipps, Morris, Hodson, SCC no. 57||British Library, Add. MS 81084|
|6||Cassiodorus; France, s. xii||Ashburnham (Barrois no. 117), SCC no. 4||Carolingian to Gothic, [no. 9]|
|7||Bible, cutting with initial; France, s. xii||Sold to Quaritch in 1983; their Catalogue 1056, no. 5; sold to Japan|
|8||Petrus Comestor, Sermons; France, s. xii-xiii||Millar||Sold 10/10/66|
|9||Gregory the Great; France (Royaumont), s. xiii||Phillipps, Millar||Beinecke Library|
|10||I Corinthians glossed, 9 leaves; France, s. xiii||SCC no. 1||Quaritch Catalogue 1056, no. 23. Now Private Collection.|
|11||Bible, imperfect; Engand, s. xiii||Millar||Private Collection, Japan|
|12||Antiphoner, imperfect; France, s. xiii||Millar||Sold 10/10/66|
|13||Lectionary, 6 leaves; France, s. xiii||Millar||Sold 10/10/66|
|14||Prayers in Latin and Low German; Germany, s. xiii||Sneyd, Millar||Private Collection, England|
|15||Peter Riga; France (Cîteaux), s. xiii||Duke of Sussex, Stuart of Aldenham Abbey, Henry White||Beinecke Library|
|16||Peraldus; France (St. Benigne, Dijon), s. xiii||Phillipps, SCC no. 26||Beinecke Library|
|17||Gratian, 2 leaves; France, s. xiii (style of Honoré)||SCC no. 61||Sold to Quaritch in 1984; thence to John Feldman. New York, Met. Museum, Inv. 1990.217|
|18||Cicero, Academica; Italy, s. xv||Part-exchanged, with no. 28, for nos. Add. 6 & 7|
|19||Cicero, De oratore; Florence, 1453||SCC no. 86||Private Collection, England|
|20||Cicero, De finibus; Itlay, s. xv||Firmin Didot, Ascherson, Harvey Frost||Keio University, Tokyo|
|21||Cicero, Paradoxa, Somnium Scipionis; Italy, s. xv||Marston MS 115||Sold to Quaritch in 1990. Now Keio University, Tokyo|
|22||Ecclesiarum Taxatio; Italy, s. xv||Phillipps, SCC no. 8, Marston MS 126||Beinecke Library|
|23||Hours in Latin, French, and Dutch; Netherlands, s. xv|
|24||Psalter; Italy, s. xv
(decorated probably by Gherardo and Monte di Giovanni di Miniato)
|25||Hours, imperfect; Italy, s. xv||Cellotti, Phillipps, SCC no. 25||Private Collection, England|
|26||Diogenes Laertius; Italy, s. xv||Millar|
|27||Mass Book; Gemany, s. xv-xvi||Cockerell||Sold 10/10/66|
|28||Statues of the Bakers and Ovenkeepers of Rome; Italy, s. xv||Gunhilda Fisher||Part-exchanged with no. 18 for Add. nos. 6 & 7; now Bodleian Library, MS. Ital. d. 30|
|Add. 1||Bible; France, s. xiii||Millar||British Library, Add. MS. 78829|
|Add. 2||Prosper of Aquitaine; France, s. xiii||Butler, SCC no. 30, Millar||British Library, Add. MS. 78830|
|Add. 3||Luke & John glossed; France, s. xiii||Morris, SCC no. 28, Sotheby's 8/7/70 lot 103|
|Add. 4||John Cassian; s. xiv||Sotheby's, 10/12/69 lot 78||Beinecke Library|
|Add. 5||Raymund of Peñafort, Summa de penitentia; France or England, s. xiii||Tollemache, Sotheby's 12/7/71 lot 38||Beinecke Library|
|Add. 6||Julius Caesar; Italy, s. xv||Hornby, Abbey|
|Add. 7||Martial; Italy, Naples, s. xv||Hornby, Abbey|
|Add. 8||Seneca; Italy, s. xiv||Sotheby's, 19/6/79 lot 58||Trinity College, Dublin|
|Add. 9||Thomas Jenyn's Book||SCC no. 96||Private Collection, Japan|
Morris=William Morris, Abbey=J. R. Abbey, etc.
'SCC' numbers refer Christopher de Hamel, 'Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts from the Library of Sir Sydney Cockerell (1867-1962), British Library Journal, 13 (1987), pp. 186-210.
PJK. Last updated 28/8/03