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Geometrical and fancy diagrams and drawings by John Dight, Written in about 1640-1680

MS. Add. C. 173

  • Request

Geometrical and fancy diagrams and drawings by John Dight, son of a bookseller at Exeter, a deaf and dumb man, of whom an account by a nephew occupies fols, iv-xii: his birth would appear to have been between about 1600 and 1615, and his nephew wrote in Charles II's time. The volume exhibits some ingenuity and skill in drawing: the writer's name occurs on fols. 1, 319.


  • Creation: Written in about 1640-1680


322 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Add. C. 173

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. II, no. 25228

Custodial History

This volume was no. 276 in the Wood Collection at the Ashmolean in about 1760, but was missing in 1860, and so may have found its way to the Bodleian between those periods, especially as the writer of the account of Dight intended it to be placed in 'the publick library' (at Oxford?).

See MS. Ash. Mus. d. 1.

Related Materials

A copy of Joseph Ames's Catalogue of English Heads (London, 1748), interleaved, with some manuscript notes by dr. Rich. Rawlinson, was bequeathed by the latter to the Ashmolean, and is now Wood E. 34.

Physical Facet

On paper


12 3/8 × 15 1/8 in.

Repository Details

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