I’ve decided that John Crockett’s library deserves its very own post. I’ve also decided that I cannot possibly track down all of these books for you. I have inserted some information and links, but left plenty for you to explore on your own. [I have tried to transcribe the titles accurately, but if you want to take a look at them for yourself, the Maryland Archives link is:
(and here for the second page).]
John Crockett, appraised sometime before October 1736:
[in a section titled Books Vizt]
- The works of John Lock Esqr in 3 Vols fo. Ed. Londo 1722
- Locks Essay of Human understanding fo. Ed. Lond 1706
- Wolastons Religion of Nature delineated 4to Ed. Londo 1731
- Shaftsbury’s Characteristicks 3 Vols 8vo Ed. Londo 1727
- Temples Essays 2 Vols
- Fable of the bees 2 Vols 8vo Ed Londo 1732
Or, Private Vices, Publick Benefits (the sixth edition, as you can see here)
- The Rights of the Xtian Church
- The Grounds of the Xtian Religion
- Spavans Pufendorf 2 Vols
I thought this one might be hard to find, but it was actually quite easy: Pufendorf’s Law of Nature and Nations, abridged by some fellow identified as “J. Spavan, M.A.,” of whom I can find no trace.
- Burnelds Exposition of the 39 Articles of the Church of England fo. Ed. 1720
- Barcleys works old
- Wilkins of Natural Religion
- Echards Ecclesiastical History 2 Vols Ed Lond 1729
- Souths Sermons 3 Vols
- 1 Vol of Colliers Dictionary
Courtesy of Wikipedia:
“Collier published an early encyclopedia in 1701, The great historical, geographical, genealogical and poetical dictionary. He freely admitted that the text was based on a number of earlier historians, but especially [on] the eight[h] edition of Louis Moréri’s Grand Dictionnaire Historique. This was issued in two volumes in London from 1701-1705 with an appendix covering the time period from 1688 ‘by another hand’ being issued in the latter year. A further appendix was issued in 1721 and a second edition in 1727.“
- 2d Vol Scotts Xtian Life
- The Gentlemans Religion
- Government of the Tongue
Ah, another work by the author of our old friend, The Whole Duty of Man.
[This title, by the way, was appropriated by Seamus Heaney in 1988.]
- Crouch against Covetousness
- John Edwards of the Holy Scriptures
- Melius Inquirendum
- Pearson of Tythes 8vo
- Stennells Answer to Russell
- L’Stranges Tullys Offices
- Seneca’s Morals old book
- Echards Gassateer
A gazetteer, of course, and self-styled as a Geographical Index . . . Of special Use for the true Understanding of all Modern Histories of Europe, as well as the present Affairs; and for the conveniency of Cheapness and Pocket Carriage, Explained by Abbreviations and Figures. The inventory does not indicate which of the many editions Crockett had in his library; this is the seventh, printed in 1704.
- Wards young Mathematicians Guide
- Hattons Comes Comecrecy
I had just typed a confession that I could not find this, and then I looked at a source for a different title and immediately saw Hatton’s Comes Commercii. The good news is that I have now found references in a number of catalogs of books printed in England in the 18th century; the bad news is that I cannot find any link to the actual book.
- The Tryal of Wills
- An old Bible
- Norwoods Epitomie
- 1st Vol Turkey Spye
Intrigue! Even better, plenty of French intrigue, as the full title promises:
The First Volume of Letters Writ by a Turkish Spy, Who lived Five and Forty Years, Undiscovered, at Paris: Giving an Impartial Account to the Divan at Constantinople, of the most Remarkable Transactions of Europe; And discovering several Intrigues and Secrets of the Christian Courts, (especially that of France) from the Year 1637 to the Year 1682.
I should warn you, however, that there’s a good chance a few things got lost in translation, as the text purportedly was Written Originally in Arabick, first Translated into Italian, afterwards into French, and now into English.”
Here is the fourth edition, printed in 1692.
- Browns Justin
- Gardian 2 Vols
- Popes Miscellanies
- Homers Iliad 6 Vols
- Addisons Travels into Italy
- Gay’s Fables
- Felamicus 2 Vols
- Bladens Cesar’s Commentarys
- The Freeborn Subjects Inheritance
- Infants Lawer
I can’t imagine how the appraisers (or the clerk transcribing the inventory) got tripped up on ‘lawyer.’ But this is a work I immediately added to my Google Books library, as it promises to set forth their several Ages for divers purposes – just the information I need to settle several vexing questions, such as when children could sign contracts. It even has an Appendix of the Forms of Declarations and Pleadings concerning Infants – a gold mine!
- Doctr and Studient
- Godolphis Orphans Legacy
- Body of the Laws of Maryland
- The Clerks remembrancer
- The compleat Clerk
- Kiells Introduction to Natural Philosophy
Another expected mystery that proved not to be a mystery at all, just an easily-found work by John Keill (albeit in Latin).
- Animal Oconomy
This one, however, remains a mystery.
- Durhams Phisico Theology
Actually, Physico-Theology by W. Derham, printed in 1713 – a collection of sermons with large Notes, and many curious Observations.
- Friends History of Physick
- Quncy’s Dispensatory
- Medicina Statica
This one could be another work by John Keill or by John Quincy (he of Quincy’s Dispensatory, two titles up). There’s Medicina Statica Britanica (by Keill) and Medicina Statica (by Quincy), which is the Aphorisms of Sanctorius, translated into English with large Explanations. Confusing matters further, Quincy’s Medicina Statica offers the bonus addition of Dr. Keil’s Medicina Statica Britanica, with comparative Remarks, and Explanations.
- Sydenham’s Works
- Gibsons Anatomy
- Bates Dispensatory Translated by Salmon
- A parcel of old Books
I have come to realize no library is complete without a parcel of old books.
- New books according to Invoyce Amounting to £4,16,9 Sterlg is Currt £6,9,0
Now if we could just figure out from whom Crockett was ordering his books – that would be very cool.