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THOMAS JAMES (c. 1573–1629)

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Originally appearing in Volume V15, Page 144 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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THOMAS JAMES (c. 1573–1629), English librarian, was born at Newport, Isle of Wight. He was educated at Winchester and New College, Oxford, and became a fellow of New College in 1593. His wide knowledge of books, together with his skill in deciphering manuscripts and detecting literary forgeries, secured him in 1602 the post of librarian to the library founded in that year by Sir Thomas Bodley at Oxford. At the same time he was made rector of St Aldate's, Oxford. In 16o5 he compiled a classified catalogue of the books in the Bodleian Library, but in 162o substituted for it an alphabetical catalogue. The arrangement in redo, whereby the Stationers' Company undertook to supply the Bodleian Library with every book published, was James's suggestion. Ill health compelled him to resign his post in 162o, and he died at Oxford in August 1629.
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