The 268 entries that are listed in Museum Records 3 again demonstrate the variety of books that William Hunter collected. As in other sections of his catalogue, we find that Hunter’s interests in anatomy and medicine are well represented. Another theme that emerges in this section is travel and exploration.
One of Hunter’s copies of Euclid’s Elements of Geometry was published in Venice in 1482 and features woodcut diagrams that illustrate mathematical equations. This was one of the 192 incunabula that Hunter purchased via his Paris agent at the sale of the library of Louis-Jean Gaignat, the late Receiver-General of Pleas at the Palace of Justice in Paris in 1769. Gaignat had died the previous year leaving a library of over 5,000 items. In addition to the 192 incunabula, Hunter bought eleven illuminated manuscripts and an assortment of other books. Euclides: Elementa geometriae. Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 25 May 1482 is now Sp Coll Hunterian By.2.12.
B is for… The ‘B’ section of Hunter’s library catalogue provides a good example of the mix of medical and non-medical books Hunter collected. Among medical authors we find members of the Danish medical dynasty, the Bartholins [Caspar the Elder (1585-1629),… Read More ›
As book reviews go, the following is a bit of a stinker: “[B]arbarous arrangement of materials … [and] still more barbarous typographical execution. … It is hardly possible to conceive a book more rudely printed”1 This was the rather uncharitable… Read More ›