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Collection Level Description: Lydyat Manuscripts

Reference: MSS. Auct. F. 2.21; Bodl. 313, 658, 661-4, 666-71
Title: Lydyat Manuscripts
Dates of Creation: 17th cent.
Extent: 13 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English and Latin

Administrative/Biographical History

Thomas Lydyat (d. 1646), of New College, Oxford, was chronographer to Henry Prince of Wales.

Scope and Content

Manuscripts of Thomas Lydyat, including calendars, mathematical notes and treatises, chronological papers, and letters.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

When Lydyat died in 1646 his manuscripts passed to Dr. John Lamphire, who died in 1688.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Dr. William Coward, whose mother was a sister of Dr. Lamphire, presented the manuscripts to the Bodleian in 1695.

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Further Information

Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, nos. 27557-72.

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Lydyat | Thomas | d. 1646 | chronographer

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