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MS 954

Author

Gray, Thomas, 1716 - 1771

Title

Nature notes written by Thomas Gray in four copies of The naturalist's journal. manuscript.

Publication, distribution, etc.

England, 1767-1771.

Physical description

1 volume (120 leaves) : paper ; 21 x 33 cm. (obl. 4to)

Note

Title devised by cataloguer.

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Place of production inferred from author's biography.

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Date range of production taken from dates in manuscript journal notes.

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Bound volume of nature notes written by Thomas Gray in four copies of The naturalist's journal, three in the edition issued by W. Sandby in 1767 (ESTC, T116020) and the fourth in the undated re-issue by Benjamin White ca. 1770 (ESTC, T131086).

Note

Letterpress is a memorandum book for weather and other records intended to be completed in manuscript; with written content on ca. 170 pages, dated between 1 January 1767 and 16 May 1771.

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Manuscript text in sepia ink, mostly in English but with numerous scientific passages in Latin.

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Includes occasional travel notes and records of natural occurrences e.g. earthquakes or floods in addition to the seasonal observations for which the journal was designed.

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Notes chiefly relate to observations in Cambridge but include Gray's excursions to Hertfordshire, London, the Peak District, Yorkshire, Durham, the Lake District, Kent, East Anglia, and the Welsh borders.

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Leaf of calculations and small plant sketch on grey paper laid down on recto of back free-endpaper.

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Extract from 1851 sale catalogue laid down inside front cover.

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Letterpress items have title: The naturalist's journal.

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First three copies of The naturalist's journal have imprint: London: printed for W. Sanby, in Fleet-Street. M.DCC.LXVII.

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Fourth copy of The naturalist's journal has imprint: London, printed for Benjamin White, at Horace's Head. in Fleet-Street.

Provenance

Sold by the heirs of Thomas Gray at auction, S. Leigh Sotheby & John Wilkinson, London, 28 August 1851, lot 97; sold at Christie's, New York, 12 February 1982, lot 89; sold at Bonhams, New York, 11 April 2016, lot 1.

Provenance

19th century bookplate with monogram "AM".

Binding

19th century green morocco with binder's stamp of Clarke & Bedford on verso of first free-endpaper; ornate gold-tooled border; gold-tooled edges and turn-ins; endpapers lined with marbled paper; gold-tooled spine; gilt text block edges.

Subject

Gray, Thomas, 1716 - 1771

Subject

Natural history Manuscripts.

Added entry--name

Sandby, William, ? - d. 1799 printer.

Added entry--name

White, Benjamin, approximately 1724 - 1794 printer.

Added entry--name

Clarke & Bedford bookbinder.

Added entry--place

England London.

Added entry--place

England Cambridge.

Language code

eng lat

Identifier

B50531
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