On this page, you will find digital collections relating to John Cosin and his library. Click on the images below to browse through the resources and to access the catalogue entries for each.
Much of John Cosin’s correspondence survives because his letters were gathered together soon after his death, possibly by the Durham antiquary Christopher Hunter (1675-1757). In 1818, Bishop Shute Barrington transferred the bound volumes from Bishop Auckland to Cosin’s Library. Most letters deal with the day-to-day management of the bishopric, but occasionally we learn more about Cosin as a person and about the people he encountered. Several letters contain information about the construction of the library, in particular Letter-Books 4 to 6. The archives catalogue contains brief descriptions of the letters and links to their digital versions.
Book of Common Prayer (1619)
This Book of Common Prayer, published in 1619/20, is one of the very few books from Cosin’s collection that has handwritten notes. Cosin generally did not write in his books, which makes this one all the more valuable for researchers interested in his religious views. The notes were made for a revision of the Book of Common Prayer in the early 1660s.