Papers of James Patrick Ronaldson Lyell, c. 1892-c. 1951

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Introduction
A   Life and career 1916-46, n.d.
B   Publications and lectures by Lyell 1916-32, n.d.
C   Lyell's collections of printed books [1914?]-1939, mainly n.d.
D   Lyell's collection of manuscripts 1929-46, n.d.


Papers of James Patrick Ronaldson Lyell, c. 1892-c. 1951

1916-1946, n.d.

Abstract:
Papers of James Patrick Ronaldson Lyell (1871-1948), collector.

Extent: 13.85 Linear metres
Language(s) of Material: English

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. c. 3203-12, d. 2412-5, e. 2776-80

Biographical History

James Patrick Ronaldson Lyell (1871-1948) was a collector of printed books and manuscripts.

Scope and Content

Papers of James Patrick Ronaldson Lyell (1871-1948) relating to his life and career; publications and lectures; his collections of printed books; and collections of manuscripts.

Acquisition

Presumably a residue given by his executors (cf. the miscellaneous charters and fragments given 1949-50, for which see A. de la Mare, Catalogue of the Collection of medieval manuscripts bequeathed to the Bodleian Library Oxford by James P. R. Lyell (Oxford 1971), p. 322)

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 3203, fols. 1-2].

Related Material

The Library also holds Lyell's medieval manuscripts. See A. de la Mare, Catalogue of the collection of medieval manuscripts bequeathed to the Bodleian Library Oxford by James P.R. Lyell (Oxford 1971).

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

Lyell | James Patrick Ronaldson | 1871-1948

Subject(s)

Book collectors
Manuscripts -- Medieval

A   Life and career 1916-46, n.d.

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Eng. c. 3203-4; Eng. e. 2776


Miscellaneous papers
Date: 1901-46
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 3203
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 114 leaves

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Small pocketbook concerning a trip to Spain
Date: 1930
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2776
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 35 leaves

Scope and Content

Containing miscellaneous antiquarian notes and a few more finished passages.

(fols. 13v-33r) are blank.

Illuminated address on parchment, presented to Lyell by his colleagues on the Hampstead Bench of Magistrates on his retirement as Chairman,
Date: 1937
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 3204
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 5 leaves

Scope and Content

With (fol. 3r) 24 signatures. Written in gothic script, with illuminated initials and inhabited borders in medieval style, by an unnamed artist.

B   Publications and lectures by Lyell 1916-32, n.d.

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. c. 3205-3206; d. 2412; e. 2777-2778


An Account of Edmund Spenser's History of Britain [De rebus gestis Britanniae Commentarioli tres.]
Date: 1916
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2777
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 33 leaves

Scope and Content

Attributing STC 21488/10013 to Spenser, dedicated to 'my fellow members of the Bibliographical Society', early draft in a notebook.

Scrapbook of papers collected by Lyell following publication of his Early book illustration in Spain (London: Grafton & Co.
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2412
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 128 leaves

Scope and Content

Including a copy of the prospectus, reviews and notices, letters of appreciation, and (back pastedown) a list of recipients of complimentary copies.

Books and Book Collecting
Date: 1926
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 3206
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 19 leaves

Scope and Content

Comprises:

C   Lyell's collections of printed books [1914?]-1939, mainly n.d.

Scope and Content

Lyell's own books usually provided the basis for his bibliographical research, but it is sometimes unclear whether his lists and notes are specific to his own copies or not.

Full range of shelfmarks

MSS. Eng. c. 3207-09, d. 2412-15, e. 2779-80


'Catalogue of the Library of James P. R. Lyell, Hampstead'
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2779
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 224 pages

Scope and Content

A commercially-printed 'Library Catalogue' filled in by Lyell at the start of his collecting career, [ c.1892?]: books listed alphabetically by author (A-G only), with sources and coded prices.

(pp. 98-224) without manuscript entries.

Two catalogues of incunabula
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2413
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 62 leaves

Scope and Content

Comprises:

A slip-catalogue (? incomplete)
Date: [1914-18?], n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2414
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 21 leaves

Scope and Content

Comprising detailed bibliographical descriptions by Lyell of his collection of books printed in Great Britain and books of British interest printed elsewhere, 16th- and 17th-cent., with notes of their purchase between 1914 and 1918.

Material on 'Books printed at English secret presses' and 'English Books printed abroad' in the 16th and 17th centuries
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 3207
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 282 leaves

Scope and Content

With some notes of Lyell's own copies, comprising:

A slip-catalogue
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2415
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 325 leaves

Scope and Content

Comprising detailed bibliographical descriptions by Lyell of his collection of books printed in Spain and books of Spanish interest printed elsewhere, mainly 16th- and 17th-cent., with notes of their purchase between 1915 and 1921 and n.d.

With the lower cover and spine of a 'Moore's Loose Leaf Binder', labelled 'CATALOGUE OF BOOKS'.

Card-index(es)
Date: [1920-37?], n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2780
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 216 leaves

Scope and Content

Comprising detailed bibliographical descriptions by Lyell mainly of printed books of the 16th and 17th centuries in his own collection, with notes of their purchase between 1920 and 1937 and n.d. : found in disorder and now arranged in roughly alphabetical order, by heading, with large sections on (fols. 34-87) 'Index librorum prohibitorum' and (fols. 100-211) 'Spanish Armada' (partly used as the basis for his Oxford B. Litt. thesis, 1932, see MSS. Lyell empt. 64-5).

Correspondence about the sale to Harvard University of Lyell's collection of books relating to the Spanish Armada, mostly with the London bookseller E. P. Goldschmidt
Date: 1939
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 3208
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 43 leaves

Miscellaneous lists and papers on printed books
Date: Mostly n. d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 3209
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 23 leaves

Scope and Content

Comprises:

D   Lyell's collection of manuscripts 1929-46, n.d.

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. c. 3210-12


Miscellaneous papers of Lyell concerning individual manuscripts now in the Bodleian
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 3210/1-2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 293 leaves

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Including slips from Lyell's own handwritten slip-catalogue, clippings from sale-catalogues, correspondence, descriptions, etc., mostly n.d. but including a few 19th-cent. items from previous owners, correspondence of Lyell 1926-46 and his notes on manuscripts bought between 1936 and 1946: found in disorder (some removed later from the manuscripts themselves) and rearranged in current order of (fols. 2-255) MSS. Lyell, including And (fols. 256-93) MSS. Lyell empt., including (fols. 273-87) a detailed calendar of the Petty papers in MS. Lyell empt. 32

Papers providing information on the dispersal of the Lyell manuscripts
Date: [1901-42?]
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 3211
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 76 leaves

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Booksellers' invoices, usually with receipts, and a few letters, mostly concerning Lyell's purchases of medieval manuscripts
Date: [1901]-46, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 3212
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 100 leaves


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