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Collection Level Description: Papers of John Anstis

Reference: MSS. Don. d. 126-7
Title: Papers of John Anstis
Dates of Creation: 18th cent.
Extent: 2 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

John Anstis (1669-1744) was a herald, antiquary and MP. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Notes and transcripts by John Anstis, with some correspondence, for his work The register of the most noble order of the Garter (London, 1726), mounted on leaves from 16th-century editions of year books.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

S. Baker & G. Leigh, 12 December 1768 (Anstis sale), lots 342-3; Sotheby's, 19 December 1960, lot 251.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, Stanley Crowe, cat. 70, item 62, and given by the Friends of the Bodleian, 1961.

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Further Information

Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 39078-9.

Access Points

Orders of knighthood and chivalry | Great Britain

Anstis | John | 1669-1744 | Herald, Antiquary, and MP

Order of the Garter

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