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Working catalogue of the library of Sir Andrew Fountaine

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MS. Eng. misc. c. 867
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Catalogue compiled by John Davis, 1731, with additions and annotations to 1823. The items in the catalogue are arranged by size, language and subject, with a list of the divisions in fols. iv – v. Many of the annotations refer to exchanges, purchases and sales of books, including major sales:

  1. (fol. 1) “disposed of in 1798 by B(rigg) and A(ndrew) F(ountaine)”
  2. (fol. 155) plays “disposed of (and) restored to the Library – 1813”
  3. (fol. 171a) plays repurchased in 1822 and 1823
  4. (fol. 171b) a bill for thirteen plays bought by Andrew Fountaine from W. Clarke, 29 December 1821.


  • Creation: 1731-1823


351 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. misc. c. 867, fols. 1-2].

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MS. Eng. misc. c. 867

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 22075


Working catalogue of the library of Sir Andrew Fountaine

Biographical / Historical

Sir Andrew Fountaine (1676-1753) was an art collector of Narford Hall, Norfolk. He became warden of the Royal Mint in 1727 but retired in 1732 or 1733 to spend more time working on his collections at Narford. He never married and died at Narford in 1753. For further details see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Custodial History

Said to be from the library of Lord Amherst of Hackney.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, Sotheby's, 16 July 1984, lot 284.

Physical Facet

Contemporary boards, with 20th century half-calf.

Working catalogue of the library of Sir Andrew Fountaine
EAD version 2022 by C. McIlwaine
EAD version 2022
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom