TWYSDEN, SIR ROGER (COLLECTOR). Catalogue of his library at Royden Hall in the 17th century, ca. 1816
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Catalog of the Library of Sir Roger Twysden


Twysden, Roger, Sir, 1597-1672.

A catalogue of the books and pamphlets being part of the library of Sir Roger Twysden, Bart. of Royden Hall in the 17th century and others since collected, [ca. 1816].

Physical Description
136 leaves ; 24 cm.

Organization and Arrangement
Organized by format (size). Part 1: Folio (8 leaves); Parts 2-3: Quarto (46 leaves); Part 4: Octavo (30 leaves); Part 5: Duodecimo and infra [smaller] (23 leaves); Part 6: Manuscripts (7 leaves).

Historical/Biographical Note
Soldier, courtier, author and historical antiquary, Sir Roger Twysden collected Greek and Hebrew manuscripts as well as printed books. The collection passed to Sir John Sebright (1767-1846) of Beechwood Park, Hertfordshire, who sold the main portion at auction through Leigh and Sotheby on 6 April 1807. Some outstanding items went to the British Museum (now British Library).

Scope and Contents
A 19th century manuscript in six parts that describes several hundred books, most from the library of Sir Roger Twysden at Royden Hall in East Peckham, Kent, but some added thereafter. Titles include a Shakespeare quarto and volumes of tracts published between 1650 and 1697. Authors represented include Dryden, Swift, and Addison and English poets, playwrights and clergymen as well as Greek and Latin writers. Parts 1 and 6 have entries on some versos.

General Note
Catalog is written on paper watermarked “1816” but is probably a mid-19th century copy of the

General Note

Once in the library of Richard Heber and then in the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps.

Sebright, John, Sir, 1767-1846, collector.
Heber, Richard, former owner.
Phillips, Thomas, Sir, 1792-1892, Bart., former owner.

Twysden, Roger, Sir, 1597-1672. Library. Catalogs.
Sebright, John, Sir, 1767-1846. Library. Catalogs.
Private libraries. England. Kent. 17th century. Catalogs.
Private libraries. England. Hertfordshire. 19th century. Catalogs.

Library catalogues. England. Kent. 17th century.
Library catalogues. England. Hertfordshire. 19th century.

Occupation (as reflected in collection)
Book collectors. England. Kent. 17th century.
Book collectors. England. 19th century.

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