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Papers on the reform of the calendar

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MS. Don. c. 52
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Papers on the reform of the calendar:

  1. Fols. 1-2. report by Thomas Digges, (Sir) Henry Saville, and [J.] Chambers, on John Dee's treatise on the reformation of the calendar, with notes by Lord Burleigh
  2. Fol. 3. 'The opinion of some godlie learned mathematicians'
  3. Fols. 4-5. 'Reasons touching the Popes callender'
  4. Fol. 6. 'Certen reasons alleged to shewe, why that though it bee a thing indifferent to alter the Kalender, ... yet it is not expedient'


  • Creation: 1583


6 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Don. c. 52, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Don. c. 52

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16795


Papers on the reform of the calendar, 1583

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Digges (c. 1546-1595) was an English mathematician and menber of parliament.

Custodial History

George Harbin MS. 'III' (in Phillipps's hand); bought by Phillipps with other Harbin manuscripts from Sir Alexander Malet, 1831; Phillipps MS. 4909; Sotheby's, 6 June 1898, lot 347, and 24 June 1935, lot 120.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, Ellis, cat. 331, item 17, given by the Friends of the Bodleian, 1936.


  • Transcripts by John Anstis of these papers are in BL, Add. MS. 14291, from which they were printed in the Gentleman's Magazine, n.s. 36 (1851), 451-9. Item a was also printed in [A. Kippis], Biographia Britannica, iii (London, 1750), 1637-8, note I, Dee's treatise on the calendar is in Bodl., MS. Ashmole 1789, fols. 3-41.

Physical Facet

19th-century half calf, embossed paper boards

Papers on the reform of the calendar
EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
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Weston Library
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