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Notebooks of prof. Rigaud, Written in 1806-1839, chiefly by S. P. Rigaud

MS. Rigaud 37

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Notebooks of, and chiefly written by, prof. S. P. Rigaud on scientific and literary subjects, especially Astronomy, Mathematics, and Natural Science, usually consisting of stitched sections, each dated and signed and containing varying numbers of leaves: every volume has a (later) list of contents. Prof. Rigaud was fond of noting down criticisms as he read through a book, and everything he did was distinguished by neatness and precision.

The chief contents are as follows, the papers and essays to which no name is attached being by Rigaud:
  1. Fol. 3. Collections for a Life of dr. Edmund Halley, by S. P. Rigaud, 1835-38, consisting of copies of papers by Halley, letters by, to or relating to him, extracts, etc. Twenty leaves of Rigaud's paper on Halley's Astronomia: Cometicæ Synopsis are wanting before fol. 4, and one after fol. 255. At fol. 43r is a copy of a long letter from Rigaud to F. Baily about Halley's instruments, May 27, 1831
  2. Fol. 256. Similar collections for a Life of James Stirling the mathematician, by S. P. Rigaud, 1832-38
  3. Fol. 443. A paper on the MSS. of mr. William Jones (d. 1749
  4. Fol. 460. Papers about John Collins (d. 1683), Thomas Tompion (fol. 470) and Thomas Savery (fol. 487)
  5. Fol. 503. 'On the first publication of the Principia' of Newton, a paper, 1838
  6. Fol. 546. 'Further Defence of Halley', by Stephen Jordan Rigaud, about A.D. 1850 (?)


  • Written in 1806-1839, chiefly by S. P. Rigaud


554 Leaves

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MS. Rigaud 37

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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. V, no. 26239

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On paper


11 5/8 Ă— 9 7/8 in.

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