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A notebook of dr. Thomas James, Bodley's first Librarian

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Library Records d. 599

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A notebook of dr. Thomas James, Bodley's first Librarian, containing various notes and lists. The whole volume was first used for references in Cyprian to passages in the Bible in order of the latter, but this work was after a time dropped. Includes:

  1. Fol. 1. An analysis of a Latin treatise De peste, in three books (De signis, De praecautione pestis, De cura).
  2. Fol. 3v. A list of all readers in the Bodleian Library during the first year of its existence, viz. Nov. 8, 1602 - Nov. 7, 1603, showing on what days each read and whether in the morning ('a') or afternoon ('p'). The first three entries under A will show the system -- 'Mr. Andrews . Nou: 22.p. Mart. 9.a. Nou: 3.a. Mr. Adams . Dec. 6.p. Mr. [Thomas] Allen [of] Gloc. [Hall] Dec. 22.a. Jan. 31.a. Febr. 7.a, 28 p. Mart. 23.a. Apr. 2.a, 9.a. Maij 8.a. Jun. 22.p. Jul. 7.p. | 10[times]'.
  3. Fol. 15v. Biblical references on a few subjects, such as Accusations, Dignity of Priests, Patience: in English.
  4. Fol. 62. A list of the printed books and MSS. in the Bodleian about A.D. 1603-4, arranged under the first letter of the authors' names in alphabetical order. The list seems to be a first attempt to assign press-marks to the collection according to the four faculties, but the press-marks in 1605 in general superseded those which are here assigned. The sheets seem to be bound, in general, in the reverse order of the alphabetical series.


  • Creation: Written in the first decade of the 17th century by T. James


198 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • English

Preferred Citation

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Library Records d. 599

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 17990


A notebook of dr. Thomas James, Bodley's first Librarian

Biographical / Historical

Thomas James (1573-1629) was Bodley's first Librarian and sub-dean of Wells.

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. 2537

Custodial History

Manuscript 3022 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Previously MS. Bodl. 763.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presumably this volume came to the Library on dr. James's death in 1629, but it does not appear in any Bodleian list till about 1655.

Physical Facet

On paper


11 3/4 × 8 5/8 in.

A notebook of dr. Thomas James, Bodley's first Librarian
EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom