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Letters Written by Eminent Persons in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Letters Written by Eminent Persons in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
To Which Are Added, Hearne's Journeys to Reading, and to Whaddon Hall, the Seat of Browne Willis, Esq., and Lives of Eminent Men
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, General

  • Date Published: April 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108079365

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  • This three-volume compilation by the Oxford antiquary John Walker (1770–1831) consists mainly of manuscripts from the Bodleian Library and the Ashmolean Museum, but is significant because it contains the biographical notes on the 'lives of eminent men' furnished by John Aubrey (1626–97) to Anthony à Wood, who was at the time compiling his Athenae Oxonienses. Aubrey's subsequently famous Brief Lives were published for the first time in this 1813 work, and, although described as the fourth appendix to it, in fact comprise slightly less than half of the second volume and the entirety of the third. Volume 1 and the first part of Volume 2 consist of letters between antiquaries including Kenelm Digby, John Cotton and William Dugdale, on topics ranging from the Cornish language to the cure for a bite from a mad dog. The remainder of the work contains 131 of Aubrey's 'lives'.

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    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108079365
    • length: 1018 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • weight: 1.3kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Advertisement
    Letters 1-110. Volume 2: Letters 111-62
    Appendices 1-3
    Lives of eminent men, part 1. Volume 3: Lives of eminent men, part 2

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    John Walker


    John Aubrey

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