Accession Details

Accession Number: 2523.0
Date of Receipt: December 1807
Source of Acquisition: Bequeathed by William Hunter, 1783. Retained in London for the use of Matthew Baillie until 1807.
Date of Creation:
Extent on Arrival: 11 boxes, 58 palmleaf books
Content: 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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Access: Normal conditions
Language: Not Assigned
Call Number: MS Hunter B
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Notes: 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.
Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this Accession:

bequeather: William Hunter 1718-1783
Physician Extraordinary to Queen Charlotte, 1764-1783.
collector: Theophilus Gottlieb Siegfried Bayer 1694-1738
Sinologist.
provenance: Heinrich Walter Gerdes 1690-1741
Lutheran clergyman. Correspondent of T S Bayer. Gerdes was born on the 24th August, 1690 at Hamburg, where he later studied theology. By 1716 he had become preacher …
provenance: - Gerdes fl.1741
Wife of Heinrich Walter Gerdes (d. 1741).
provenance: Matthew Baillie 1761-1823
Physician.
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