Papers on the reform of the calendar
MS. Don. c. 52
Papers on the reform of the calendar:
- 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
- Fol. 3. 'The opinion of some godlie learned mathematicians'
- Fols. 4-5. 'Reasons touching the Popes callender'
- Fol. 6. 'Certen reasons alleged to shewe, why that though it bee a thing indifferent to alter the Kalender, ... yet it is not expedient'
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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.
Other Finding Aids
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.
19th-century half calf, embossed paper boards
- Papers on the reform of the calendar
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