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MSS. Also a Collection of STONES, engraved or cut out, antient, and set in Gold or Silver, for the Use of Rings and Seals. Which will begin to be sold, the fair Way (the Price to be put in each Book, and on every Seal and Ring), on Monday next, being the 23d of this, instant June, at the Rose-tavern, without Temple-bar, from Nine O'Clock in the Morning till Eight at Night. The Sale to continue Two Days, and no longer. Catalogues may be had at Mr. Strachan's in Cornhill, Mr. Clement's in St. Paul's Church yard, Mr. Brown's without Temple-bar, Booksellers, and at the Place. of Sale, where written Catalogues of the whole may be seen." There are 156 Lots of "Libri Theologici, Medici, &c. Græcè, Latinè, et Anglicè, Folio," many with g.b. b. i.e. gilt backs. "With many others not here inserted." 1712 Dr. Burrell of Sudbury, Edward Earl of Jersey*, and Mr. Robert Stretton, by T. Ballard; Remains of Sir J. Chardin's library, by James
Levi, at Tom's Coffee-house, St. Martin's-lane. 1714 Dr. John Postlethwaite, Head-master of St. Paul's-school, by T. Ballard.
1714-15 Thomas Britton, Smallcoal-man.
From hence we may descend down the ladder of Learning by rounds, inscribed with the names of 1721 Thomas Rawlinson, 1733-4. 1722 Sir Robert Sibbald, at Edinburgh. 1725-6 John Bridges §, esq. 1727 Sir Philip Sydenham.
* Sir Edward Villiers, created Viscount and Baron Villiers in 1691, and earl of Jersey in 1697, possessed a valuable Library, collected in his various public employments. He was some time one of the Lords Justices in Ireland; Master of the Horse to Queen Mary; and Ambassador, first, to the States General, and afterwards to France. He was appointed Lord Chamberlain of the Household in 1702; and died Aug. 26, 1711.
† Of whom see a good article in Dibdin's Bibliomania, p. 438. See vol. V. p. 489.
This Catalogue has a curious engraved frontispicce of a tree gut down and dismembring, with this motto: Δρυός πεσέσης πάς ανήρ ξυλεύεται
1728 Dr. Woodward. 1729 Sir Richard Gibbs. 1730 Richard Hutton, esq.; Rev. Thomas Kimpson; Richard Powell, esq.; Robert Gray, M. D.; Hon. Samuel Molyneux; John Lingard, esq. Common Serjeant of the City of London; Edward Broome, esq.; John Birch, M. D.; John Coleman, esq. (sold by Herman Noorthouck, at his shop in the Great Piazza, Covent Garden; whose own stock in trade was sold that year by Christopher Bateman); William Hewer, esq.; Thomas Herbert, M. D.; John Hancocke, D. D. (sold by C. Davis); the stock in trade of J. Woodman and D. Lyon (sold by Christopher Bateman). 1730-1 Peter Le Neve, Anthony Collins. 1731 T. Jeff, Lewis Vaslet *, Master of Fulham
school, by Ballard. Mrs. Oldfield, Feb. 9, 1731-2. 1732 T. Granger, Rev. Robert Kilburn, LL. D. Prebendary of St. Paul's, Rev. Dr. Marshall, Stephen Hall, M. D. Mr. Benjamin Aycrig, by Noorthouck. 1733 Philip, the eccentric Duke of Wharton (who died May 31, 1731); Robert Smith, D. D. Barton Booth, esq.
1734 William Earl of Yarmouth (who died in 1732), Robert Stephens, esq. Hugh Chamberlen, M. D. Bp. Sydali, Mr. Richardson, Apothecary, 1735 Theocharis Dadichi, John Eaton, Dr. Foulkes, John White of Ipswich, James Tyrrell, esq. 1735-6 Thomas Hearne.
1726-7 Thomas Sclater Bacon.
1742 Walter Clavell.
1745-6 James Brydges, first Duke of Chandos. 1746 Ireton Cromwell,
1747 Sir Joseph Jekyll, and the Earl of Oxford. 1748 Rev. John Lewis, the Historian of Margate. 1748 Michael Maittaire.
He has a tomb-stone in Fulham church-yard. See Lysons, vol. II p. 375.
†The Historiographer; of whom sce memoirs in vol. IÏ. p. 51. Maittaire's collection must have been uncommonly nume. rous; and of their intrinsic value the reader will best judge by
1749 George Holmes.
1756 Martin Folkes†, Esq. and Dr. Richard Raw
1757 Sir Julius Cæsar's MSS. Dr. Derham.
1759 Professor Ward §.
1762 Dr. Thomas Hayter, Bishop of London,
1764 Thomas Earl of Macclesfield, Clarendon MSS,
1765 Sir Edward Simpson, Dr. Letherland, R. Widmore, Earl of Macclesfield, Dean Townsend.
5 the following extract from the Advertisement,' by Cock the auctioneer, at the back of the title-page: "Though the books, in their present condition, make not the most ostentatious appearance, yet, like the late worthy possessor of them, however plain their outside may be, they contain within an invaluable treasure of ingenuity and learning. In fine, this is (after fifty years diligent search and labour in collecting) the entire library of Mr. Maittaire; whose judgment in the choice of books, as it ever was confessed, so are they, undoubtedly, far beyond whatever I can attempt to say in their praise. In exhibiting them thus to the publick, I comply with the will of my deceased friend; and in printing the Catalogue from his own copy just as he left it (though by so doing it is the more voluminous) I had an opportunity not only of doing the justice I owe to his me mory, but also of gratifying the curious."
* Of whom see memoirs, vol. VI. p. 212. I have Mr. Bowyer's copy of all Dr. Mead's Catalogues, with the prices marked at the time of sale.
† Of whom see memoirs, vol. II. p. 578.
See memoirs of him, vol. V.
§ Of whom see memoirs, vol. V. p. 517.
This learned Divine has been noticed in vol. II. p. 227. He was a laborious searcher into antient Records; and, from his appointment of Librarian to the Dean and Chapter of Westmin ter, had peculiar opportunities of indulging his favourite pursuit; which stamps an authenticity on the History of Westminster Abbey, which he published in 1751, and in which is inserted "An Historical and Architectural Account of the Abbey, and of the Repairs, in a Letter from Sir Christopher Wren to Bishop Atterbury, principal Commissioner for them, about 1714," with additional notes by Mr. Widmore.-In the following year he meditated another work, which he thus noticed in a letter to Dr. Ducarel, March 3, 1752, “There is among the MSS. at the Heralds' Office, No. 5531 (according to Bernard's Catalogue of the
1766 Daniel Scot, John Warburton, Esq. the Herald, and David Mallet, esq. the Poet. John
MSS. of England end Ireland), Chronicon Ed. II. usque ad 10 Edw. III. per Adamum Murimuth Canonicum Lond. Beside a Chronicie of this Murimuth, published by Anthony Hall, Oxon. 1722, as a continuation of Trivet, there is another much larger than the printed book, often quoted by Wharton, both in his Anglia Sacra, and in his Treatise de Episcopis Londinensibus, as the work of this Murimuth, of which I have a MS. bought at the sale of the books of the late Duke of Chandos, and which is the very book, No. 1, in the Irish part of Mr. Bernard's Catalogue. It has not the name of the author, and only goes on as a part or continuation of Matthew of Westminster's "Flores Historiarum." It appears to me a work that deserves to be published, and I have transcribed it for that purpose. I shall be glad to see some other MS. of it, as it may possibly have the author's name prefixed, and as it would help me in some places where there is either the first letter of a proper name only, or words by reason of abbreviations, and those written in a very small hand, are not easily made out.-I have not yet discovered where I may find the book that Mr. Wharton used. The favour I would desire of you is, that you would enquire of the gentleman your friend at the Heralds' Office, whether the MS. in their Library be a different work from that published by Hall. If he has not the printed book, it begins in this manner: " Quoniam, ut scribitur per antiquos, Res audita perit, littera scripta manet," and it ends thus: "Item nullus uteretur pelura transmarina, nisi haberet in reditibus centum libras." I hope, Sir, you will excuse the trouble now given you by your much obliged and very humble servant, RICH. WIDMORE."
"On the 12th of May, 1760, being the 200th year since the accession of Queen Elizabeth, the same was observed at the Westminster election (which began this day) as a high festival. After a Sermon preached by the Rev. Mr. Widmore, the only surviving member of the last jubilee, several copies of verses were spoken by the ushers, scholars, &c."* Gent. Mag. vol. XXX. p. 247.
This was followed by a second celebration on the 3d of June; when Dr. Pearce (then Bishop of Rochester and Dean of Westminster) went, with the Prebendaries, in procession, attended by the King's Scholars, to the Abbey. In the course of the service Purcell's Te Deum, and some other fine music, were performed. Several Orations were spoken by the Scholars; and a grand dinner was provided for the Dean and Prebendaries, the Masters and Scholars, as also for the Gentlemen of the Choir. A fine medallion of Queen Elizabeth was fixed up in the Abbey on the occasion, since whose reign this institution has been laid aside. There was also printed "A Sermon, preached at the Abbey Church, Westminster, on Tuesday June 3, 1760; at a Jubilee then kept by the Members of the Collegiate Church, on account of its being the 200th Year since the Date of their Charter of Foundation. By the Right Reverend Zachary Lord Bishop of Rochester, and Dean of Westminster. Prov. xxxi. 31."
Baber, Dr. Stukeley *, Dr. S. Chandler. 1767 Dr. William Freind (also the Library of
Dr. John Freind †, undated). 1768 John Anstis, Dr. Lardner. 1769 James Parsons, M. D.; and Duplicates in the British Museum, first sale (6821. 12s. 3d.) 1710 Rev. Mr. Humphrey, Philip Stanhope, esq. 1771 Philip-Carteret Webb ||, Dr. Gregory Sharpe, Fairfax, Mr. Benjamin Stillingfleet.
1772 Henry Baker **, Esq. Drs. Pemberton and Wilson, Mr. Beighton, Mr. Wood,
1773 James West, esq. 1774 Thomas Snelling ++.
In 1762, being then in his 82d year, on the suggestion of Dr. Ducarel, he presented a copy of his "History of Westminster Abbey" to Abp. Secker: "My book is bound, and ready to be called for: if you please to take it yourself, I will bring to my house the two Chartularjes which I mentioned to you; if you send for it, I hope, as you approved of the offering it, you will introduce it to his Grace. The two Prefaces to the History and Enquiry, I have been told, are not much amiss; and, I suppose, if his Grace looks at all into it, it will be hardly farther than these: if he should, there is a mistake in the account of the Dean Dolben, p. 161, where it is said that he was wounded at the siege; for at, it should be, during the siege of York, or when York was besieged; for he was defending it. I know of no other errors, except some words misprinted, occasioned by my being obliged to correct the sheets by candle-light. I am, Sir, your much obliged, &c. RICH. WIDMORE, Nov. 23."
He died in November 1764, aged 84, at a small living which he held in Hampshire; and was there buried.—Mr. Henry Brooker succeeded him as Librarian, Dec. 1, 1764; and his own private Library was sold in 1765. *See vol. V. p. 499. + Dean of Canterbury. See memoirs of him, vol. V. p. 104. Ibid. p. 93.
§ Garter King of Arms; see vol. V. See vol. II. p. 279.
See vol. II. p. 336.
tt See vol. VI. p. 334.
** See vol. V. p. 271.
This intelligent Medallic Antiquary was the Author of, 1:"A View of the Silver Coin as Coinage of England, from the Norman Conquest to the present Time; considered with regard to Type, Legend, Sorts, Rarity, Weight, Fineness, and Value, 1762." 2. A View of the Gold Coin and Coinage of England, from Henry the Third to the present Time, 1763." 3." A View of the Copper Coin and Coinage of England; including the Leaden, Tin, and Laton Tokens made by Tradesmen, during the Reigns of Elizabeth and James I.; the Farthing Tokens of