Catalogue of manuscripts acquired singly: albums, commonplace books, notebooks and scrapbooks

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Albums, commonplace books, notebooks and scrapbooks, 17th-21st cent.

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. 1632-c. 1665
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2693
Extent: xxviii + 914 pages
Binding: vellum wrappers


Acquisition: Bought, D. P. White, Occasional List 35 (1991), item 137

Commonplace book of Thomas Hughes of Trinity College, Oxford, c.1660-1680
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 Oxoniensis).

Acquisition: Bought from Mrs V.B. Bunn, Oct. 2003.

Notebook compiled by William Stukeley, 1702-6
Shelfmark: MS. Don. e. 192
Extent: 76 leaves
Binding: dark brown calf, gilt rules, detached from text block

Mainly drawings, compiled when Stukeley was an undergraduate at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, including:

English topographical views:

other drawings

Biographical History: William Stukeley (1687-1765), antiquary - see Dictionary of National Biography.

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 Chapman], 1762-70
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.

Subjects (LCSH)
   Oxford (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. i-5)
Acquisition: Given by the Canadian Friends of the Bodleian, 1988.

Subjects (LCSH)

'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 cover

With many prints and other papers pasted in, and including:

Acquisition: Bought from Christopher Edwards, Antiquarian Books and Manuscripts, 1998.

Notebook relating to the estate of Edward Micklem (d. 1861) of Hyde Park Place, London, formerly of Oxford, brewer, n.d. (watermark 1810)
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2425
Extent: 227 leaves, 121-227 blank
Binding: vellum binding


Acquisition: Given by W. St. Clair, 1991.

Sketchbook of J. C. Nattes, containing pencil and ink drawings and sketches, 1815
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.

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, 1796), c.1815-24
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.


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.

Subjects (LCSH)
   English diaries -- 19th century

Commonplace 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 Basset, Wiltshire

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.

Subjects (LCSH)
   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 A. P. Stanley and Lady Augusta Stanley, including letters to and from her, 1869-74, n.d.
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. 1-18

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

Subjects (LCSH)
   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 cuttings.

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, 1930
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 teams.

Acquisition: Given by Mrs. P.J. Bousfield, 1997

Subjects (LCSH)

'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 2006.

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 challenging decade".

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