Catalogue of manuscripts acquired singly: albums, commonplace books, notebooks
Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
Single albums, commonplace books, notebooks, scrapbooks and sketchbooks acquired
by the Bodleian Library by purchase, bequest or donation since 1988.
Arranged chronologically, by date of earliest entry.
Commonplace book of Walter Boothby of
Tottenham, entitled (p. i) 'A Nosegay of Everlasting Orifficall
Flowers, gathered out of Heavens paradice', c.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2693
Extent: xxviii + 914 pages
Binding: vellum wrappers
Acquisition: Bought, D. P. White, Occasional List 35 (1991), item 137
- (pp. xvii - 764) notes on sermons preached in London, 1632-65, mainly by
Presbyterian ministers, including Edmund Calamy and John Stoughton
- (pp. 768-913) copies of letters by Boothby, mainly to members of his family,
- (pp. iii-xiv) an index of subjects in the sermons
Commonplace book of Thomas
Hughes of Trinity College, Oxford,
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3615
Extent: 205 leaves
The volume comprises entries of prose, poetry, and transcripts of Latin speeches,
written in several hands, on separate gatherings stitched together. There is a
modern binding, the original volume having paper wraps with a title 'MSS. 1680'.
The entries include
Biographical History: Thomas Hughes, son of Thomas Hughes of Burford, graduate of Trinity College,
Oxford, matriculated 4 March 1670, aged 15; B.A. 1673, M.A. (by diploma) 1682;
perhaps admon. at Oxford 1 Dec., 1693 (from Foster's Alumni
- (fols. 5v-7r) Two poems by Thomas Hughes dedicated to James
Duke of Ormond, dated 28 Nov. 1672 and 12 Dec. 1672,
- (fols. 10-20) Two Latin orations delivered at the
- (fols. 26-37) Notes in Latin entitled
'Oratio Roberti South ...', presumably on a speech given by Robert South
- (fols. 38-49) Latin life of Horace in a secretary
hand, signed by Thomas Hughes
- (fols. 52-3) 'An Elegie on the much deplored & lamented deaths of Mr
Robert Yates & his daughter killed both with a fall of a horse into
a quarry on Xt mass-eve. December 24
- (fols. 56v-62) An English
language play of part of the Medea legend
- (fols. 68v-71) An English translation of Juvenal's first
Satyr by Thomas Hughes
- (fols. 74-5) Listing of misconceptions
about various groups in the writings of Classical authors (entitled 'Out of
a book called unheard of curiosityes') paraphrased from Jacques
curiosities (London, 1650)
- (fols. 86v-7) Theological notes taken on John
Bramhall, An answer to Monsieur de la Militiere his impertinent dedication of
his imaginary triumph (Hague,
- (fols. 88-9) A series of questions and answers on
points of theology entitled 'Some hard questions in Divinity collicted out
of Mayers Catachisme', paraphrased from John
Mayer, The English catechisme explained
- (fols. 94-5) 'Some poems out of a
manuscript of Mr Thorpe', possibly written by John Thorpe, fellow at Queen's
College, Cambridge from 1619-30
- (fols. 96-8) 'A collection of
poems out of a manuscript of Dr Dales.'
- (fols. 100-107r) 'Some witty expressions' taken from
- (fol. 107)
Notes entitled 'Collection out of Dr [John] Wilkins' a[?] universall
character' on John Wilkins, An essay towards a real character, and a philosophical
language (London, 1668)
109b-116r) 'Out of the three months'
observations of Holland & low countrys' from Owen
moneths observations of the Low-Countreyes, (London,
- (fols. 116-17) Etymology and trivia about
various cooking ingredients entitled 'Dyets Dry Dinner', paraphrased from
Henry Butts, Dyets dry dinner (London, 1599)
117v-118) 'Fullers Andronicus' paraphrased
from either Andronicus, a tragedy or
Andronicus, or, The unfortunate politician,
both by Thomas
- (fols. 119-141r) 'Notes took out of [Thomas] Fullers worthyes'
from Thomas Fuller, History of the
worthies of England (London,
- (fol. 151) Notes on the derivation of words
from Henry Peacham, The art of drawing with the pen
154v) Notes on John Marston,
Parasitaster, or The Fawn
- (fols. 155-7) A collection of
epitaphs in Burford Churchyard, including (fol. 156v) one for David Lloyd alias Hughes
(d. 1648), apparently Thomas Hughes's uncle
- (fols. 159-61) 'out
of a Book called old things & new' paraphrased from John
Spencer, comp., Kaina kai palaia :
things new and old (London, 1658)
163r) Meditations probably upon
conduct and character of Count Nicholas Serini (London,
- (fols. 163v-164)
Notes on William Winstanley, New help to
- (fol. 166) Notes on
Cleveland, Clievelandi vindiciæ; or, Clieveland's genuine
poems, orations, epistles, &c. (London,
- (fols. 171-2) Notes on Thomas Browne, Religio
- (fols. 173-4) Notes on one of the
works of Polydore Vergil
- (fol. 175r) 'Some notes out of Drs Heylins first Journey into F[rance]' by
- (fol. 175v) A
chronology of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, beginning with the
foundation of Oxford by King Alfred in 872
- (fols. 176-82) 'A
second advice to the Painter' by Sir John
- (fols. 176v and
177v) 'Collection out of Sr Ch. Sidleys
Mulbery Garden' by Sir Charles Sedley
- (fols. 193-6) Written in a
different hand, a satirical poem on the Commonwealth in the form of
booksellers' lists of fictitious titles for sale in 'Little Britain'
(entitled 'Bibliotheca Parliamenti...') and a baudy poem lampooning
Presbyterianism (entitled 'The Four-legg'd Elder'). The latter by John
Birkenhead, to whom the former is also often erroneously
ascribed. Copied out of Bibliotheca Parliamenti :
libri theologici, politici, historici, qui prostant venales in vico
vulgo vocato Little Britain. Part 2 ([London]
Acquisition: Bought from Mrs V.B. Bunn, Oct. 2003.
Notebook compiled by William
Shelfmark: MS. Don. e. 192
Extent: 76 leaves
Binding: dark brown calf, gilt rules, detached from text
Mainly drawings, compiled when Stukeley was an undergraduate at Corpus Christi
College, Cambridge, including:
English topographical views:
- (fols. 3-5) views of Crowland
Bridge, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire caves, Stonehenge, Wiltshire, the Rollright Stones,
- (fols. 45-6v,
74v-75) monument to Richard Taboralias Talbor in Holy Trinity
Church, Corpus Christi College, the River Cam, and
Clare Hall and King's College Chapel, all Cambridge
- (fols. 54v-55)
view of Boston, Lincolnshire, and a view of an avenue in a
Biographical History: William Stukeley (1687-1765), antiquary - see Dictionary of National
- (fols. 7-42) views of ancient Roman
buildings, in a section of the volume entitled 'Delineation of
the reliques and ruines...of Rome... 1704...W. Stukeley, CCCC',
presumably copied from another source
- (fols. 51v-52v) religious
- (fols. 59v-61v) ancient
- (fols. 47-50) section on triangulation, with
- (fols. 65v-66v) insects
- (fols. 7, 43, 50, 63v, 71) five poems
Custodial History: Richard Stukeley Fleming, Stukeley's grandson, received the
manuscript in 1773 (fol. 1), and noted that the drawings were by his
grandfather (fol. 6).
Acquisition: Bought from F. P. Sellick, and given by Bodley's American Friends and Bodley's
Canadian Friends, 1996.
Related Material: The Stukeley papers in the Bodleian are described in M. Clapinson and T.D.
Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-medieval Western Manuscripts,
vol. 1, nos. 42243-392.
Commonplace book of [Thomas
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2409
Extent: 48 leaves
Binding: Stiffened vellum wrappers
Contains notes on the history and topography of Oxford and the University of
Oxford, and miscellaneous notes on the value of various estates and livings, tithe
payments, the value of the British currency, and transcriptions of memorials and
quotations. There are references to Navestock in Essex, where
Thomas Chapman was the vicar, 1763-88.
Acquisition: Given by Mr. T.E. Griffiths, 1991.
(England) -- Description and travel
'Le Pot Pourri', commonplace book containing music and riddles, in English
and French, c.1804
Shelfmark: MS. Don. d. 190
Extent: 12 leaves
Binding: Papered boards, black and gold paper border
Material: Paper, decorative blind-stamped borders (fols.
Acquisition: Given by the Canadian Friends of the Bodleian, 1988.
'Genealogical & Historical Memoranda relating to the family of
D'Oyly of Oxfordshire, collected by
William Pain, a descendant of
the family, London 1808', 1808-46
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3348
Extent: xiii + 233 pages, 127-49 blank
Binding: Vellum, with 'Pedigree' inscribed in ink on front
With many prints and other papers pasted in, and including:
Acquisition: Bought from Christopher Edwards, Antiquarian Books and Manuscripts, 1998.
viii-xii) list of contents
- (pages 168-97) papers relating to
- (pages 210-11) pedigree of the D'Oyly family,
Notebook relating to the estate of Edward Micklem (d. 1861) of
Hyde Park Place, London, formerly of Oxford, brewer, n.d. (watermark
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2425
Extent: 227 leaves, 121-227 blank
Binding: vellum binding
Acquisition: Given by W. St. Clair, 1991.
- (fols. 5-25) copies of leases of public houses in Oxford and Marston owned
by Micklem, possibly in his hand, 1825-30
- (fols. 25v-120) copy abstracts of title and schedules of deeds, 1597-1871,
to properties mainly in Oxfordshire (including public houses in Oxford,
Horspath, Marston and Woodstock) and Berkshire, with notes on security of title
in respect of a potential sale of the estate compiled by Micklem's cousin and
heir, Edward Micklem of Reading, 1862-71
- (fols. 1v-4) a list of contents
Sketchbook of J. C. Nattes, containing pencil and ink drawings and sketches,
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6067
Extent: 38 leaves
Binding: half blue calf, label on front board inscribed with
former shelfmark '291/38'
Biographical History: John Claude Nattes (1765?-1822), topographical draughtsman and water-colour
painter - see Dictionary of National Biography.
- (fols. 2-4, 8) views of the house and grounds at Claybury Hall,
- (fols. 6-7) sketches of the Fairlop
Oak, Hainault Forest, Essex
- (fols. 11-38) views of Aynho, Northamptonshire, including
- (fols. 12, 17, 22, 31, 34) the church and
- (fols. 15-16, 18, 35-6)
- (fol. 19) interior of
- (fols. 12-14, 20-2, 32-3) Aynho Park house and
- (fol. 24) an engine-house
Acquisition: Bought from H. M. Colvin, 1994.
Related Material: A volume of drawings by Nattes, 1804-16, is MS. Top. Oxon. b. 3.
Mathematical notebook of James
Lockhart, in Locke's Common Place Book (London,
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2055
Extent: 130 leaves
Binding: Blind-ruled green vellum, marbled endpapers
Note: Loose items removed from the volume are MS. Eng. c. 5739, fols. 136-46.
- (fol. 1v) brief diary entries,
18 Oct.-17 Dec. 1817
- (fols. 2-12, 130-121 rev.) notes and
mathematical workings relating mainly to roots and quadratic equations, with
(fol. 124v rev.) extract of a letter from
Hutton to Baron Maseres, 1791
- (fols. 22, 25v-26) copies of a petition and letters to the British ambassador
to The Netherlands, concerning
the conscription of Lockhart's son into the Dutch army, Mar.
- (fols. 13-21, 24-25r, 27-120) a
translation, 'The Geometry of the Compasses', of Lorenzo Mascheroni,
La Geometria del Compasso (Pavia, 1797)
130v rev.) tables showing 'The Knight's moves
on the Chess board'
Worn and mainly illegible inscriptions on
the back cover, some in French, and a gap at the back of the volume where pages
have been removed, indicate a (probably) earlier use of the volume.
Acquisition: Bought from Roger Gaskell, 1994.
English diaries -- 19th century
book of W.T. Beeby, Calcutta, 1823-c.1835
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3453
Extent: 44 leaves
Binding: Calf, gilt spine
Entitled 'Scrap Book', containing extracts mainly from works on the Christian
religion, with some verse
Custodial History: Woolley & Wallis, 24 Sept. 1986, lot 135; bought by R. Covey, Wooton
Acquisition: Given by Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office, 2004
Commonplace book of Henry Halford
Vaughan, containing translations of Latin phrases and some notes on
Greek grammar, c.1830
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3397
Extent: 42 leaves
Binding: Blind-ruled red calf
Acquisition: Given by John Vaughan, 2002.
Latin language -- Grammar
Autograph album, c.1857-1959
Shelfmark: MS. Don. e. 170
Extent: 212 leaves
Volume containing letters, envelopes and signatures pasted onto each page. Many of
the letters and envelopes are addressed to Rev. Edward F.
Taylor and Rev. James T. Taylor and include
several from bishops and ministers.
Acquisition: Given by John Fuggles.
An exercise book containing 'Autograph letters and other memorials... ' of
Stanley and Lady Augusta Stanley, including letters to and from her,
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2566
Extent: 50 leaves; marbled wrappers
Acquisition: Bought from John Wilson, 1993
Printed items relating to her death and funeral, and (fol. 17) a photograph of
her, c.1875. Loose items found in the volume, mainly
letters from A. P. Stanley, 1848-76, n.d., and printed notices relating to his and
Lady Augusta's deaths and memorial services, are now MS. Eng. c. 3336, fols.
Commercial notebook containing carbon copies of messages concerning
movement of freight to various places in the USA, 1895, later
used for presscuttings by R.J. Van Dusen, 1898
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3345
Extent: xii + 199 leaves
Binding: Cloth spine, marbled boards, notebook manufactured by
Rand Avery Supply Co., Transportation Printers, Boston, Mass.
Acquisition: Acquisition details not recorded
- (fols. 1-64) presscuttings taken from the New York
Herald on the Spanish-American war in Cuba, 1898, with
- (fols. 11, 21) pencil sketches of 'Rough Rider',
Spanish-American War, 1898
Album compiled by Falconer Madan, relating to the discovery of 16th cent.
wall-paintings at 3,
Cornmarket, Oxford, 1927-33
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3604
Extent: 41 leaves
Binding: Brown cloth-covered boards, lettered on the spine,
'Shakespeare's Room at Oxford'
Containing correspondence between Madan, Ernest W. Attwood, Michael Ernest Sadler and William Holden Hutton, and photographs of the room and newspaper
Custodial History: Inscribed (fol. 1) 'Given to E.W. Attwood on the passing of Dr. Madan...'.
Given by Ernest Attwood to Dr. Tom Anderson in the 1950's.
Acquisition: Given by Dr. Tom Anderson, 2001.
Autograph album signed by participants in the International Universities
Games in Darmstadt,
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3344
Extent: 39 leaves, 19-38 blank
Binding: Coloured abstract design, paper over board, ticket of J.
PH. Leuthner, Darmstadt
The volume includes signatures of the British, American, Irish and French
Acquisition: Given by Mrs. P.J. Bousfield, 1997
'Ten years at the top : a selection of speeches, presentations and
articles about the Bodleian Library by Reg Carr[,] Director of Oxford University Library Services
& Bodley's Librarian 1997-2006', 2006
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7333
Extent: 235 leaves
Speeches, addresses, presentations, "remarks", published articles, and
miscellaneous papers written and delivered by Reg Carr during his tenure as the
Director of Oxford University Library Services and Bodley's Librarian from 1997 to
The volume is printed and bound, and includes a CD with an electronic version of
the text in Microsoft Word.
Biographical History: Reginald Philip Carr was born in 1946. He was deputy librarian at Aston 1978–80,
and at Cambridge 1980–86; university librarian and dean of Information Strategy,
Leeds, 1986–96; and Director of Oxford University Library Services and Bodley’s
Librarian, 1997-2006. He was a director of the Consortium of University Research
Libraries (CURL) from 1986 to 1997. Between 1994 and 1996, he served as chair of
the Standing Conference of National and University Libraries (SCONUL). He is an
honorary citizen of Toyota City (Japan), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts,
and a Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He retired in December 2006.
For further details see Who's Who.
Acquisition: Given by Reg Carr, Jan. 2007. Inscribed "A parting gift for the Bodleian
Library from one who was privileged to direct its affairs during a particularly
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