The James Catalogue Of Western Manuscripts


  • Shelfmark: O.4.20
  • Manuscript Title: Catalogue of Dr Dee's Library.
  • Alternative Title:   Catalogue of Dr Dee's Library
  • James Number: 1251  View Printed Catalogue Entry
  • Date: Cent. xvi.
  • Physical Description: Clearly written.
  • Provenance: In the autograph of Dr John Dee.
  • Donor: Part of the Gale collection, given to T.C.C. by Roger Gale in 1738. Marked A. 60.
  • Size (cms): 32.5 x 22
  • Support: Paper
  • Language: Latin
  • Century: 16th century
  • Folio: cir. 100 ff. [184 pages]
  • Collation: 
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  • Online Since:     22/01/2016
  • Catalogus librorum Bibliothecae (Externae) Mortlacensis D. Joh. Dee, ao. 1583, 6 o Sept.
    The divisions are
    Libri in 8 vo compacti.
    Libri in 16 vo compacti.
    Historici libri ad navigationem pertinentes compacti.
    Varii adhuc in fo compacti.
    Chimici libri etc. compacti.
    Paracelsici libri compacti.
    ... latine compacti.
    Hebraici Chaldaici et Syriaci libri etc. compacti.
    Grammaticalia nonnulla etc. compacta.
    Libri Anglici compacti.
    Libri non compacti.
    Libri Italici non compacti.
    Libri Germanica lingua non compacti.
    Paracelsici libri
    Libri Manuscripti.
    The number of volumes on each page is written at the bottom. The total is 1215.
    The catalogue of the manuscripts was printed by J. O. Halliwell for the Camden Society in 1842, with the Diary of Dr Dee (pp.65-87).
    There are a good many marginal notes by Dee throughout, showing to some extent what losses he sustained through the riots in his house at Mortlake.
    Each volume has opposite to it, added later by Dee, the letter T, or Fr.
    MS. Harley, 1879, is another autograph copy; and in MS. Add. 35213 is another catalogue, perhaps of earlier date, also written by Dee.
    [Adv. a.1.13, Adv. d. 1.23, Adv. d.1.26 contain John Dee's ownership inscription.]


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