KENT. Antiquarian collection relating to Kent, compiled principally by the antiquary John Warburton, late seventeenth to early eighteenth century
Lot 89
KENT. Antiquarian collection relating to Kent, compiled principally by the antiquary John Warburton, late seventeenth to early eighteenth century
Sold for £3,250 (US$ 5,501) inc. premium
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KENT
Antiquarian collection relating to Kent, compiled principally by the antiquary John Warburton and including numerous transcripts docketed as made by him or for him ("This I coppied from A M.S of Sr Roger Twysdens of East Pekham in Kent A.o 1724/ J.W"), including his "Catalogue of M.S Books in divers Libraries to be consulted in Order to a History of the County of Kent", some with locations noted ("...In the Heralds Library..."); a list of expenses kept by a servant when touring Kent to secure subscriptions on Warburton's behalf in 1724 ("...Stayd at Canterbury for want of money and seeking Subscriptions in and about Canterbury..."), identified in a pencilled postscript as being "John"; Warburton's revised draft of "Proposals... f[or] Making an Actual Survey, And Publishing (by Subscription) A large and Correct Map of the County of Kent &c in all its Divisions... The Sources of the several Roman Military Ways with The Stations of the several Stations thereon..." (noting that it will be made up of "7 Sheets of Eliphant Paper"); transcripts of correspondence between Warburton and Roger Gale (docketed "vera Copia J.W."), whereby Sir Hans Sloane and the Royal Society allow their portrait of Sir Joseph Williamson to be copied for the Corporation of Rochester; numerous other transcripts made by him of Twysden manuscripts at East Pekham including Twysden's "Discourse concerning the Weald of Kent" running to some 50 pages; Leland's Itinerary of Kent; Chamberlain's accounts for Faversham from 1555; lists of Commissioners of the peace for 1743; his transcript of Plot's Memoranda with a title by Edward Jacob: "Dr Robert Plot's Memorandums Towards the Natural History of Kent copied by Mr Warburton but very incorrectly in the Latin & the Orthography"; and other material, several hundred pages, generally disbound, dust-staining, mostly folio, late seventeenth to early eighteenth century

Footnotes

  • The herald and antiquary John Warburton (1682-1759) appears to be the guiding spirit behind this collection – he being the manuscript collector notorious for allowing the destruction by his cook of some fifty Elizabethan and Jacobean play texts, 'unluckily burnd or put under pye bottoms'. From Warburton, the collection seems to have passed to his younger friend Edward Jacob of Faversham (1710-1788), antiquary, naturalist and fossil-collector, several pages being signed by Jacob and in his hand. While earlier antiquaries such as Leyland, Platt and Twysden are represented by transcripts made by Warburton, the collection also contains a leaf of Kentish armorials identifiable as being in the hand of the herald and antiquary Peter Le Neve (1661-1729).
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