Skip to main content

Geometrical miscellanea and other papers by John Greaves, Written about 1640-1650

MS. Savile 47
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

Geometrical miscellanea and other papers by John Greaves, including letters of:

  1. Fol. 28. Copernicus to Dr Bernard (fol. 28), Greaves to mr. Claud Hardy (fol. 33), John Bainbridge to Willibrord Snell, professor at Leyden (fol. 34)
  2. Fol. 35. Francis Junius, Andrew Moretti (fol. 38), John Hales (fol. 39), John Ridley (fol. 41), and Claud Hardy (fol. 43) to Greaves
  3. Fol. 45. the well-known letter of Greaves written from Constantinople, his letters to Dr Scarborough (fol. 46), Dr Bernard (fol. 46), and a few others, most of which are printed in the Life and Works of John Greaves, ed. Thomas Birch, ii. 434 et sqq.
  4. Fol. 61. Greaves's report to the Privy Council on the reform of the calendar, and his note on 'the Bacon at Dunmowe Priory' (fol. 63)
  5. Fol. 66. an account by Antonius Maria de Rheita (the German astronomer, (d. 1660) of his discovery in 1643 of five new stars
  6. Fol. 69. 'Some directions to be observed in comparing of coins', a short tract on the art of navigation (fol. 75), and further geometrical notes, all by John Greaves
  7. Fol. 87. Latin verses by Greaves on the Swiss republic, and his epitaphs on Andrew Moretti (fol. 88), John Bainbridge (fol. 89), James Ussher (fol. 92), and further geometrical notes
  8. Fol. 99. Italian verses excerpted from Machiavelli's 'capitolo sull'ingratitudine' and beginning 'Era di pace priva e di quiete' and from the same author's 'Decennale Primo' and 'Secondo' (fol. 101) and a summary of his tale 'Belfagor arcidiavolo' (fol. 102v)
  9. Fol. 107. Latin notes apparently by Savile on mathematical propositions in Greek
  10. Fol. 124. a copy of 'Jacobi Falconis quadraturae paralogismus'


  • Creation: Written about 1640-1650


156 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Multiple languages
  • English
  • Latin
  • Italian


MS. Savile 47

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. 6593

Custodial History

Labelled '47'


14 3/5 × 8 9/10 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom