Samuel Sandars: Book Lists and Cambridge Miscellanea

Scope and Content

MS.Add.4164: Cambridge facetiae, jokes and humour, 1868-1893, 1 volume, 252 folios.

A collection of short, humorous stories concerning Cambridge, made by S. Sandars from a variety of sources, printed and otherwise. The source is usually given. A few printed extracts are pasted in. Inside the front cover is Sandars' bookplate.

MS.Add.4170: List of books, 1889-1893, 1 volume, 16 folios.

(Fo. 1) List of manuscripts belonging to S. Sandars; (fo. 5) list of collectors and binders in Sandars' library; (fo. 7) list of plays, romances, facetiae and fables, presumably in Sandars' library; (fo. 11) list of liturgical books presented by Henry Bradshaw to Cambridge University Library; (fo. 13) list of books printed at Cambridge in S. Sandars' library.

MS.Add.4171: Cambridge incunabula, 1869, 1 file, 16 folios.

'Some of the Books printed in the fifteenth century in the Cambridge University Library compiled from various sources and notes made on the spot'. The books are arranged in chronological order of printing, with undated items at the end.

MS.Add.4172: Lists of books, 2 volumes.

Volume 1, in the hand of Samuel Sandars, 1893, 283 folios: (p. i) list of manuscripts belonging to Sandars, in chronological order, 1893; (p. 1) list of books printed before 1801 belonging to Sandars, in alphabetical order; (p. 288) index to owners and binders. Inside the front cover is Sandars' bookplate.

Volume 2, in the hands of Francis Jenkinson and Alfred Rogers, 1894: (fo. 1) list of books belonging to Sandars at 7 De Vere Gardens, Kensington; (fo. 42) list of books belonging to Sandars at Chalfont Grove, Bucks. On fo. 18 is a note of two books found on 10 July 1915, and given to F. Jenkinson.

Administrative / Biographical History

Samuel Sandars (1837-1894) was born on 25 April 1837 at Chelmsford, Essex. He attended Harrow, before matriculating at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1856 (B.A., 1860; M.A., 1863). He was admitted at the Inner Temple in 1859, and called to the bar in 1863. Sandars was J.P. for Buckinghamshire, and High Sheriff, 1894. He died on 15 June 1894, leaving 2,000 for the endowment of a Readership in Bibliography and Palaeography at Cambridge University, which was to bear his name. He also bequeathed a collection of books and manuscripts to the University Library.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Bequeathed by Samuel Sandars, 1894.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Sandars in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part II, Vol. V (Cambridge University Press, 1953), p. 411.

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