Item 21 - Documents relating to copyrights of Jacob Tonson and others

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Crewe MS/21


Documents relating to copyrights of Jacob Tonson and others


  • 18th c. (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1 volume (35 x 25 cm), containing 39 leaves and 1 loose sheet. Folios 1, 3, 4, 30, 33, and 34 have documents pasted to them. Folios 2, 5–29, 31, 32, and 35–9 are larger documents, mounted on stubs.

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Archival history

Inside the back cover is the binder’s label of Leightons, 40 Brewer Street. The armorial bookplate of Robert, Earl of Crewe, is pasted inside the volume and his heraldic ‘garb’ is stamped on the front cover.

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Scope and content

On the spine is stamped: ‘Literary Assignments of Jacob Tonson’.

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Foliated 1–39, with a loose sheet inserted at the back.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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In the descriptions of the contents three members of the Tonson family with the same name have sometimes been distinguished as follows: Jacob Tonson I (1655/6–1736); Jacob Tonson II (1682–1735), and Jacob Tonson III (1714–1767).


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