Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 309 (U.7.3)
Title: Of the London Libraries
Date of Creation: Between 1699 and 1799
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: William Oldys, Of the London Libraries.
William Oldys' Account of the London Libraries:
Begins (1, 2 [f. 1] recto lines 1-4): Of | The London Libraries | The learned and ingenious Men of all Countries | are apt to enquire wherever they go, after the Repositories = A Literary Antiquary, p. 59.
Ends (3, 6 [f. 21] verso lines 1-3): exhibiting Catalogues of their Libraries to the | World or permitting the Ingenious to have | Access ["recourse" written above] to them. = A Literary Antiquary, p. 109.
Remarks: On i, 4 recto in a XIX. Cent. hand: Published in | "Notes on and by Oldys, 1862" | pp. 58-109 | Taken from this MS.
On 1, 1 verso in Dr. Wm. Hunter's hand: By Wm. Oldis 1762, before this is the Sale number 3613. See A Literary Antiquary. Memoir of William Oldys, Esq., Norroy King-at-Arms, London, 1862, p. xlviii. [G.U. Lib. GL. 13. 16.]
On a sheet of note-paper attached to the recto of iii, 1. is written in an XVIII. Cent. hand in double cols. a long account of a Tract entitled: An Essay towards promoting all Necessary & usefull | Knowledge both Divine & Human In all parts of his | Majesties Dominions at home & abroad by Thomas Bray | DD Lond 2. 1697. ps: 22.
On iii, 1 recto are several memoranda by the author beginning: To observe | The Loss of our Ancient Books & Records & Monuments by Invasions... etc
On a loose half-sheet of note-paper between iv, 1. and iv, 2. are some more notes by the author beginning: Dr. Bray received [above this is written "derivd"] his Project of Lending-Libraries | from Naudeus his advis pour dresser une Bibliotheque | towards the end and this Proposal was the End of his | addressing that Book to the President du Mesme.
At the death of William Oldys on the 15th of April, 1761, his printed books and manuscripts were purchased by Thomas Davies the bookseller, in whose Catalogue of April 12, 1762, this manuscript is entered as No. 3613, and entitled, "Of London Libraries: with Anecdotes of Collectors of Books, Remarks on Booksellers, and on the first Publishers of Catalogues," 4to.
The blank pages in this MS. represent the portion designed in the latter part of the above title, but never written by Oldys.
For William Oldys (1696-1761), Norroy King-at-Arms, a well-known bibliophile and author, see Dict. Nat. Biog. xlii. 119.
[Formerly S.6.16; S.6.89].
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Paper, 7 7/8 x 6, ff. 48, written by William Oldys, in single cols. of about 22 lines, each about 7 x 5, margins folded, not ruled, no signatures, catchwords (every page), foliation, modern (partial, ff. 1-21), much overwritten and corrected (by the author). Cent. XVIII.
Binding: Original, pasteboards, covered with marbled-paper, back repaired with grey paper, binding loose, title (ink): Of the London Libraries MS. Cent. XVIII.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 247.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: English
Material Type: Document
Bibliography: A literary antiquary: memoir of William Oldys (London: 1862), pp xlv-xlix; John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), pp 247-248.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: William Oldys 1696-1761
Norroy King-of-Arms.
provenance: Thomas Davies fl.1761
Bookseller
subject: Thomas Bray 1656-1730
Rector of Sheldon.
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