British books barred from leaving England

The British Library has been successful in acquiring the Catholicon Anglicum, a 15th-century English-Latin dictionary, and a printed traictise owned and annotated by John Ponet, thanks to the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest which barred the books from export.

After assuring that the books would remain in England, the Library purchased the books. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said: “These manuscripts are of outstanding significance and will make a tremendous addition to the British Library – I’m delighted they have been able to acquire them and I look forward to seeing them on public display.”