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Mathematical books and Frankfurt book fair catalogues: the acquisition of mathematical works by Robert Ashley in early modern London (2021)


Robert Ashley (1565–1641) was a bibliophile, lawyer and translator who bequeathed his collection of approximately 5,000 books to establish a library at Middle Temple, one of the four Inns of Court. The collection is notable for several reasons, not least of which is its substantial number of mathematical books and Frankfurt book fair catalogues. These books and catalogues contain marginalia in Ashley’s hand which provide insight into this early modern reader’s use of an important collection of (mostly continental) mathematical books. Despite the lack of documentary evidence by way of commonplace books or correspondence by Ashley, some conclusions can be drawn about his intentions for his collection.

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Authors & Contributors
Müller, Uwe
Jahn, Ilse
Folkerts, Menso
Müller, U.
Bucher, M.
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Seventeenth Century
Spontaneous Generations
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina
Stadtarchiv Schweinfurt
University of London, Royal Holloway College (United Kingdom
Libraries and archives
Bausch, Johann Lorenz
Pinelli, Gian Vincenzo
Mustafa b. `Abdallah (Haggi Khalifa; Katib Chelebi)
Eimmart, Georg Christoph
Wilkins, John
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
15th century
18th century
Early modern
London (England)
Bavaria (Germany)
Istanbul (Turkey)
Royal Society of London
Herzog August Bibliothek

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