Aubrey's Books

Aubrey, like many of his friends, was a bibliophile, and he collected both books and manuscripts, often because they had significant provenances. Throughout his life Aubrey gave away many of his books too. In Oxford he donated a small mathematical library to Gloucester Hall, a much larger set of books to the young Ashmolean Museum, and he also donated directly to the Bodleian Library, and to New Inn Hall. In London, too, he gave books intermittently to the Royal Society. When he was poor, he sold books too. More than two hundred and fifty books survive which can be traced back to Aubrey, and there are hundreds of further titles that he must have owned at some point, even if we cannot locate his own copies today.

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