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St John’s College Aa.1.30

Notes on the life of Brook Taylor. English, ca. 1790


‘Notes added to Sir Wm Young’s Life of Dr Brook Taylor by his Granddaughter S. E. O. and copied from her book’ (fos 2r and 3r). Taylor (1685-1731) was a mathematician, and a Fellow of St John’s College. The notes are tied to identified pages in the published work, and conclude with a love poem by William Young, 1747 (fo. 11r).

Supplementary information 

180x115 mm. 12 fos (modern foliation, 8-10 and 12 blank). Bound with a copy of Brook Taylor’s Contemplacio philosophica: a posthumous work …; to which is prefixed a life of the author, by his grandson, Sir William Young (London, 1793) (ESTC T134032). Presented to the College by Professor Henry Frederick Baker, Fellow of St John’s College, 1937 (College donation plate and bookplate inside front cover of the published work). Letters from R. F. Scott, Master of St John’s College, to Baker, 14 Jan. 1929, and from Baker to the Librarian, Previté-Orton, 7 Jan. 1937, are also held with the volume.

A single, neat hand of the late eighteenth century. Paper. Original stitched notebook with blue stiffened paper covers.