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The 'Collectanea Biographica', taking the form of amn international biographical dictionary (mostly that by Gérard Jacob published in 1823) extra-illustrated by J H Anderdon with some 11,000 prints (mostly portraits), drawings and autograph letters etc relating to the persons mentioned therein. The sheets were bound for Anderdon himself in leather in 105 volumes which are dated 1853 on the spine. Each volume is numbered from 1 to 105, and the individual items contained therein (whether printed biographical information or prints etc) are given fresh numbering sequences within each volume from 1 to the the end. The volumes were registered with a single number for each volume: so 1881,0709.631 refers to the whole of the first volume, and the sub-number refers to the position of the item within that album. To simplify matters, the form of reference within the albums is often abbreviated to album and sub-number: eg Anderdon 80-12.
This entry covers the entire collection: individual items of interest have been or will be given separate entries as occasion arises. The small size of the pages mean that most of the prints are themselves small; larger prints have had to be folded to fit the page size.
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Height: 235 millimetres
Width: 145 millimetres (paper size)
- Curator's comments
- See An Van Camp, 'J H Anderdon's Collectanea Biographica', PQ XXVIII 2011, pp.410-13.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The 105 volumes were offered by the executors of Mrs Emma Mary Robertson (who had presumably inherited the series from Anderdon) for a nominal sum of £50, being (according to Reid's report dated 6 July 1881) 'a fraction more than one third of the sum that was spent in binding them'.
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