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||Bequeathed by William Hunter, 1783. Retained in London for the use of Matthew Baillie until 1807.
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11 boxes, 58 palmleaf books
||Chinese and other oriental books and manuscripts, including palmleaf books in Tamil and Telugu, notes on oriental history and philology, and correspondence with the Jesuits in Peking, collected or transcribed by T.G.S. Bayer.
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||MS Hunter B
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||After Bayer's death in 1738 his widow sold some of his books and papers to Heinrich Walter Gerdes. They were subsequently purchased from Mrs Gerdes by William Hunter and incorporated in his library. Under the terms of Hunter's will, his collections remained in London for several years after his death in 1783 - for the use of his nephew, Matthew Baillie (1761-1823) - and finally came to the University in 1807. For details of printed books see printed books catalogue. Some manuscript volumes are incorporated in the main sequence of Hunter's library; palmleaf books are shelved at P.L.