‘One of the Most Remarkable Things in London’: A Visit to the Lord Treasurer’s Library in 1713 by Samuel Molyneux


Between December 1712 and April 1713 Samuel Molyneux (1689-1728) witnessed at first hand some of the finest antiquarian collections in London, Oxford and Cambridge. For the benefit of his learned uncle he described what he saw in seven meticulously written letters, later transcribed into a copy-book and now held in Southampton City Archives. Amongst some of the collections he viewed were those still in the process of being accumulated by the connoisseurs Robert Harley and Sir Hans Sloane ─ which, along with the Cotton library, later formed the basis of the British Museum collections. This article looks specifically at Molyneux’s visit to the Harleian collection which took place shortly before 18 February 1713.

For full article visit http://www.bl.uk/eblj/2010articles/articles.html

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About paul holden

Architectural historian working as a House and Collections Manager for the National Trust at Lanhydrock House in Cornwall. Author of 'The Lanhydrock Atlas' (Cornwall Editions,2010) and 'The London Letters of Samuel Molyneux, 1712-13' (London Topographical Society, 2011). Contributor to many scholarly journals and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
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