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Notebooks of prof. Rigaud: Literary and scientific notebooks, Written in 1806-1839, chiefly by S. P. Rigaud

MS. Rigaud 54
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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. 'Reply to Mr. Panizzi's letter of Jan. 23, 1838', the latter being in answer to Rigaud's anonymous 'Defence of the Resolution for omitting Mr. Panizzi's bibliographical notes from the Catalogue of the Royal Society' (fol. 7)
  2. A letter from prof. Rigaud to mr. B. Vulliamy about a pendulum, Oct. 1814 (fol. 419)
The following pieces are not in prof. Rigaud's hand:
  1. 'Notes of Mr. J. Dinwiddie's Lectures' on Electricity, Mechanics, etc., by 'S. R.' (fol. 30)
  2. 'Beaufoy's Narrative of an ascent ... of Mont Blanc', Aug. 1787 (fol. 126)
  3. 'Experiments of Artillery at Landguard Fort ... 1774' (fol. 143)
  4. Dr. Thomas Hornsby's Lectures on Natural Philosophy, in his own hand (fol. 188)


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


428 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Rigaud 54

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. V, no. 26254

Physical Facet

On paper


8 5/8 × 7 1/3 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom