Catalogue of manuscripts acquired singly: manuscripts in printed books
Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
Manuscripts in printed volumes acquired singly by the Bodleian Library by
purchase, bequest or donation since 2006.
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Merlini Anglici Ephemeris: or, Astrologicall Predictions for the Year,
1651. By William Lilly, Student in
Astrology (London: Printed for the Company of Stationers, and H. Blunden at the
Castle in Cornhill, 1650), with notes by the owner of the book, apparently a
Midland farmer, 1651
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3632
Extent: 53 leaves
Binding: The binding is a reduced bifolium from a medieval
manuscript, the latin text of which is partially readable on the interior pages
A printed almanac of astrological predictions comprising
- (fol. 4) title page portrait of Lilly.
- (fols. 5-7) address to the English Nation concerning the occupation of
Scotland, the Church, and the Commonwealth, 16 Oct. 1650.
- (fol. 7v) list of "Astrologicall and Magicall Books, &c. Printed this
- (fols. 8-19) astrological predictions for the year 1651.
- (fols. 20-45) tables of planetry movements and monthly predictions.
- (fols. 45v-51) tables of houses for the latitude of 51 degrees 34 minutes
for each sign of the zodiac.
- (fols. 51v-52) an account of Lilly's role as astrological physician in the
treatment of a sick girl.
The volume also contains several notes by the former owner, including
Biographical History: William Lilly (1602–81) was an astrologer from Diseworth, Leicestershire. For
further details see the Oxford Dictionary of National
- (fol. 2) notes of grain and 'small wood' bought and sold.
- (fols. 2v-3, 32) two epitaphs of Mary Wallker, who died 14 June 1651, one
epitaph dated 30 June.
- (fols. 21-44 passim) notes on the weather;
notes of dates and locations of appointments, possibly of fairs or markets,
predominantly within the counties of Derbyshire,
Warwickshire, Wiltshire, and
- (fols. 34v, 36v) noted meetings of "Breathren or Frinds."
- (fol. 36v) note "L. Cromwell cam to Leic[e]sst[e]r", 23 Aug. 1651.
- (fol. 37) note "K. Charls wth Army came out of
Scotla[nd] into Engla[nd]. march[...] on to Woster & there stayd to
Fortifie it", Aug. 1651.
- (fol. 38v) note "A Grat Fight At Woster", 3 Sep. 1651.
- (fol. 39) note "grat victory obtained by the p[ar]liament fources over the
Scotes & their king & Highland[...]", Sep. 1651.
- (fol. 40v) note "day Thanks-givein[g] for Wost[e]r victor[y]", 24 Oct.
Custodial History: The volume has apparently been in private ownership, stored in an envelope on
which "Old Book from Derby" was noted.
Bought, Nov. 2006.
Bound collection of Poor Robin and Dade
almanacks annotated by Frances Wolfreston,
Shelfmark: MS. Don. e. 246
Extent: 1 volume (iii, 468 leaves)
19 issues of Poor Robin. An Almanack after a New Fashion (London,
Printed for the Company of Stationers) covering the years 1666-79, 1690 and 1702-5
and one issue of Dade. Prognostication (London, Printed by T.J. for
the Company of Stationers), 1693. The first dozen almanacks of Poor Robin
(pseudonym of William Winstanley) come from the library of Frances Wolfreston and
are annotated by her. The annotations include a list of plays she had lent to
Robert Comarford, which extends the group of titles examined by Paul Morgan in
The Library (1989). Other notes record (mainly family) births,
baptisms, marriages and deaths. Wolfreston’s last entries are made in January
1677. Thereafter annotations continue in other hands, including that of her son
Stanford. The volume has a book label of Robert Logan from Highgate and a biro
inscription of [E?] Vimont from Croydon.
Biographical History: Frances Wolfreston (1607-1677) was one of the very few known female book
collectors. For further details see the Oxford Dictionary of National
- (fols. 3-25) 1666, incomplete
- (fols. 26-50) 1667
- (fols. 51-74) 1668
- (fols. 75-98) 1669
- (fols. 99-122) 1670, including (fol. 122v) a list of plays Wolfreston lent
to Robert Comarford
- (fols. 123-45) 1671, including (fol. 145v) a note about Wolfreston's
- (fols. 146-69) 1672, including (fol. 162v) notes about Wolfreston's
- (fols. 170-93) 1673
- (fols. 194-216) 1674
- (fols. 217-40) 1675
- (fols. 241-64) 1676
- (fols. 265-88) 1677, including (fol. 268v) Wolfreston’s last entries in the
month of her death.
- (fols. 289-312) 1678
- (fols. 313-34) 1679, incomplete
- (fols. 335-58) 1702
- (fols. 359-82) 1703
- (fols. 383-406) 1704
- (fols. 407-30) 1705
- (fols. 431-54) 1690
- (fols. 455-66) Dade, 1693
Paul Morgan, ‘Frances Wolfreston and “Hor Bouks”: a seventeenth-century woman
book-collector’ in The Library (1989), pp. 197-219.
Paul Morgan, ‘Frances Wolfreston’ in The Library (1990), p.
Purchased from Christopher Edwards, 18 Mar. 2010 and given by the Friends of
'Schardanus Riders' (also Cardanus Rider,
pseudonym for Richard Saunders) Riders 1667. Brittish Merlin: Bedeckt with
many delightful varieties and useful verities ... , printed for the
Stationers' Company, 1667, with manuscript accounts kept by Thomas Harris, of the
Close, Salisbury, 1667
Shelfmark: Vet. A3 f.2094
Binding: 19th century straight-grain brilliant red morroco with
the arms of James Harris, Earl of Malmesbury stamped in blind on upper and
Printed almanack, annotated throughout with accounts by Thomas
Harris, of the Cathedral Close, Salisbury (1643-1679). Many of the
notes relate to expenditure and receipts on behalf of various families connected
with the bishopric of Salisbury, and relatives of Thomas Harris. There are many
references to Bishop Alexander Hyde and the kinsmen of former bishops Tounson,
Duppa and Henchman. There is a note of expenses in hiring a coach to Clarendon
House, the home of Edward Hyde 1st Earl of Clarendon, cousin of Bishop Alexander
Hyde, opposite the printed calendar entry for March. A payment of £134-15-0 to one
'Mr Vanheusen for the hangings att the Pallace' is recorded in March, presumably a
reference to the Bishop of Salisbury's palace.
A full description of the printed work can be found in SOLO.Biographical History: Thomas Harris of Salisbury Close (1643-1679) has been identified as the author of
the manuscript notes in the volume. The author refers to 'Unkle Tounson' and to
four cousins: Robert Hyde, Thomas Henchman, Henry Parker and Cooke. 'Cos. Robert
Hyde' was the son of Alexander Hyde (1598-1667), bishop of Salisbury 1665-1667,
who was married to Mary Tounson (or Townson), a daughter of Robert Tounson
(1575-1621), bishop of Salisbury 1620-1621, grandfather of Thomas Harris through
his mother, Gertrude Tounson. Alexander was also a cousin of Edward Hyde, Earl of
Clarendon. 'Cos.Henry Parker' was sir Henry Parker, 2nd Bart. (1640-1713) who
married Margaret Hyde, daughter of Alexander Hyde. ' Cos. Thom[as] Henchman' was
the son of Humphrey Henchman (1592-1675), bishop of Salisbury 1660-1663, who was
married to Ellen, another daughter of Robert Tounson; 'Cos. Cooke' was Thomas
Cooke, who married a daughter of Humphrey Henchman. Thomas Harris appends his own
name to the accounts written on the page opposite the printed calendar for
November. He was the great grandfather of James Harris, 1st Earl of
Custodial History: Owned by James Harris (1746-1820), 1st Earl of Malmesbury (see binding).
Bought by Rare Books out of the Gordon Duff Fund,
Corporate Names (NCA Rules)
Thomas Sydenham, Processus Integri in Morbis Ferè Omnibus
Curandis, 5th edn (London, 1726)
Shelfmark: MS. Lat. misc. e. 135
Extent: 165 leaves
Binding: Red cloth boards,
lettered on spine, 'Sydenham. De Morbis Curandis. 1726. Birmingham Medical
Institute', upper board detached.
Heavily annotated throughout by an unidentified physician, in Latin, with
additional recipes and prescriptions for medical conditions, and references to
other medical texts, including other works by Sydenham.
Interleaved with manuscript pages throughout. Each printed page has a
corresponding manuscript page with the same page number. In addition there is a
sequence of manuscript leaves at the beginning of the volume, foliated, 'A-Y', and
a sequence of manuscript leaves at the end of the volume, foliated, 'a-z'.
Biographical History: Thomas Sydenham (1624-1689), physician. For further details see the Oxford
Dictionary of National Biography.
Custodial History: Library stamp on title page, 'Birmingham Medical Institute'; the library of the
Institute was auctioned by Dominic Winter, Apr and Jul 2012; purchased by Maggs
from a British book dealer.
Purchased Maggs Brothers Ltd., 9 Sep 2013.
Il glorioso trionfo della quadratura del circolo and other
19th-century printed items, all on the subject of squaring
Shelfmark: Vet. F6 e.173
Extent: 3 leaves
The volume contains several manuscript notes, and also correspondence of Francesco
Cavalli, 1830-1831, bound as items 19, 20 and
32 within the volume.
- (item 19) letter from Francesco Cavalli to
the Istituto delle
Scienze ed Arti in Milan, Dec. 1830, thanking the Institute for
their consideration of his solution to squaring the circle and expressing his
looking forward to be seen as the one to have solved the problem
- (item 20) several notes, each dated differently (17 Aug. 1830, 24 Dec. 1830,
3 Jan. 1831, 12 Mar. 1831), regarding the competition for solving the problem
of circle squaring, and given document no. 5493; one such note signed by
Carlini, Secretary of the Istituto delle Scienze ed
Arti in Milan
- (item 32) letter from Francesco Cavalli to
the Istituto delle
Scienze ed Arti in Milan, Jan. 1831, in which he informs the
Institute that he will follow the requirements set out in the previous
communication numbered 5493, and stressing that the prize is not his primary
concern; on verso, Carlini's reply explaining that the
Institute will not pass any judgment until it sees Cavallis's full
documentation in support of his claim, Feb. 1838; this response is numbered
Bought from Susanne Schulz-Falster Rare Books, London,
2006 with money from the Roy V. Sowers Fund.
A selection of Irish melodies with symphonies and accompaniments by
Sir John Stevenson and characteristic words by Thomas Moore (London:
Cramer, Addison & Beale, [c. 1840])
with letters of Thomas Moore, 1812-1833
Shelfmark: Harding Mus. F 168-70
Extent: 13 leaves
The three volumes of printed music include autograph letters of Thomas Moore.
Biographical History: Thomas Moore (1779-1852), poet and singer. For further details see the
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
- (No. 1, Harding Mus. F 168, fol. i) envlope pasted on upper paste-down,
addressed to barrister, MP and political activist Carew O'Dwyer at 10 Upper
Mount Street, Dublin, 3 Dec. 1833
- (No. 1, Harding Mus. F 168, fols. ii-iii) tipped-in music to 'When the calm
sun' and letter to James Power, music publisher, on matters related to musical
publications, and referring to a delay about delivering the songs Power is
waiting for, 21 Dec. 1812
- (No. 1, Harding Mus. F 168, fol. iv) music to an Irish song ' Drink of this
cup' with editorial notes, Sept. 1820
- (No. 2, Harding Mus. F 169, fols. i-ii) letter to James Power on various
songs, including 'Oft in the stilly night', [1816?]
- (No. 2, Harding Mus. F 169, fol. iii) letter to James Perry, editor of
The Morning Chronicle, on his selection of Samuel Rogers's
poem, with a suggestion of a change of a word 'in' into 'of', 2 Feb.
- (No. 3, Harding Mus. F 169, fols. i-ii) letter tipped-in on a flyleaf, to
Arthur Tegart, his friend, complaining about the level of subscriptions
- (No. 4, Harding Mus. F 169, fols. iii-iv) letter tipped-in on a flyleaf, to
James Power, asking for the material that was supposed to have arrived, 17 Mar.
- (No. 3, Harding Mus. F 169, fols. v-vi) letter tipped-in on a flyleaf, to
Sir John Bowring, mentioning Mrs Shelley's copies of Byron letters, 20 April
Bibliography: Jeffery W. Vail (ed.), The Unpublished Letters of Thomas Moore
(The Pickering Masters). London: Pickering & Chatto, 2013
The volumes form part of the bequest of Walter Harding, 1974.
Wilberforce's copy of Lord
John Russell, An essay on the history of the English
Government and Constitution(London, 1821)
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3347
Presentation copy probably from the publishers, to William Wilberforce, with some
marginal notes by Wilbeforce, and pencil markings probably by him.
Bought from John Wilson, 1995
Macaulay; The Historian, Statesman, and Essayist. Anecdotes of his life and
literary labours, with some account of his early and unknown writings
(2nd ed., London, John Camden Hotten, Piccadilly, 1860), with
notes and letters of Augustus De Morgan,
1861-1869, former owner of the book
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3588
Extent: 141 leaves
The volume includes
Biographical History: Augustus De Morgan (1806–71) was a mathematician and historian. For further
details see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
- (fols. ii a-b) a tipped-in letter, 1 Aug. 1861, from Monsieur de Senarmont,
probably Henri Hureau de Senarmont (1808-62), professor of physics and
librarian at L'École Polytéchnique, Paris, requesting De Morgan's help in
finding an article on optics allegedly written for the journal Revue
Europeenne by the physicist Augustin Fresnel (1788-1827). The letter
has an endorsment by De Morgan (28 Sept. 1869) explaining the reason for his
purchase of the volume: on page 40 he discovered the name of the British editor
of the defunct European Review. De Morgan states that 'I did not
find Fresnel, but I was able to ascertain from Chas. Knight that there was no
chance of recovering any papers of his'. Also includes
- (fols. 130-1) notes by T.D. Rogers on the provenance of the volume and
identity of the letter's writer, 1975.
Separated Material: One letter from Augustus De Morgan to Admiral William Henry Smyth enclosing
notes (not present) on an (unknown) preface written by Smyth, 11 July 1865, now
MS. Eng. c. 7284, fol. 17 (seeGuard-books).Four letters from Augustus De Morgan to Arthur Hall, speculating on the origins
of the name "Onuphrio", used by Horace Walpole, July-Aug. 1867, now MS. Eng. c.
7284, fols. 18-21 (seeGuard-books).
Custodial History: The volume was sold at Sotheby's sale of C.H. Trevelyan's books 17 Jan. 1974;
T. D. Rogers purchased it from Blackwell's bookshop,13 Dec. 1974.
Given by T.D. Rogers, Oct. 2006
'Townshend Collections', printed works relating to the Townshend family,
published 1882-1912 and bound together, with some manuscript
notes, corrections and newspaper cuttings
Shelfmark: 2182 T.e.8
The contents include
- ed. R. & D. Townshend, An officer of the Long parliament and his
descendants: the life & times of R. Townesend (London 1892),
Proof copy, with some MS. annotations
- Charles Hervey Townshend, The Townshend family of Lynn
(revised 3rd edition, New Haven, Connecticut, )
- Various sales catalogues relating to Townshend collections, 1904,
- Charles Townsend, 1375 to 1897: the direct ancestry and posterity of
judge Charles Townsend (Orange, New Jersey, 1897)
Acquired by Printed Books 1931.
Copy of Jon
Kimche, The Unromantics. The Great Powers and the Balfour
Declaration (London, 1968), inscribed by Kimche to Leonard Stein, 13
Feb. 1968, and heavily annotated by Stein
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3189/1-2
With (MS. Eng. d. 3189/2) covering letter from Kimche and copy of letter to a
newspaper editor, 1968.
Given by Richard Stein, Leonard Stein's son, 1998.
New Epistles By Mounseur du Balzack. Translated out of French, into
English by Sr Rich: Baker Kt. London. Printed by Tho: Cotes, for Fran:
Eglisfeild [sic], Ioh: Crooke, and Rich: Serger, and are to be sold, at the
Grey-hound, in St Paules, Church-yard, 1638. Will: Marshall
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3863
Extent: 1 volume (viii, 232, 270 pages)
An annotated copy of Nevv epistles of Mounsieur de Balzac. Translated out
of French into English, by Sr. Richard Baker Knight. Being the second and third
volumes. (London. Printed by T. Cotes, for Fra. Eglesfield. Iohn
Crooke, and Rich. Serger, 1638) - without the initial letterpress title-page. The
engraved title-page is inscribed 'Beaupræus Bell, 1724' and the upper paste-down
has 18th-century annotation 'With Sir Rich[ar]d Baker's MSS corrections for a new
Edition'. Baker's notes appear throught the volume, evidently in preparation for a
second edition which was never published. The Early English Books Online
website (http://name.umdl.umich.edu/A02322.0001.001) lists the people to whom
Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac
wrote the letters between 1618 and 1635.
Biographical History: Sir Richard Baker (1568-1645)
studied in Oxford and London, then travelled extensively in Europe. He became
Member of Parliament for Arundel in 1593 and East Gristead in 1597. He was
knighted in 1603. He served as Justice of the Peace in Middlesex and High Sheriff
in Oxfordshire where he owned a manor house and other lands. These were used to
pay off the debts of his father-in-law. While in the Fleet Prison Baker wrote
A Chronicle of the Kings of England from the Time of the Romans'
Government unto the Death of King James and other works, mainly
historical and religious. Further biographical details can be found in the
Dictionary of National Biography.
Custodial History: It is presumed that the volume was previously owned by the Bell family of
Beaupre Hall in Outwell, Norfolk.
Purchased from Samuel Gedge, 22 May 2013.
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