Henry Yates Thompson: Two Lectures on Illuminated Manuscripts

Scope and Content

'Two Lectures on Illuminated Manuscripts, Cent. XI - XV', the Sandars Lectures, delivered at Cambridge, March 1905, 65 folios. The versos are blank throughout.

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928), book-collector, was born at Dingle Cottage, near Liverpool, on 15 December 1838. He attended Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A., 1862), and was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1867. He was private secretary to the viceroy of Ireland, the 5th Earl Spencer, between 1868 and 1873, and travelled widely from 1862 to 1875. Thompson was the Sandars reader in bibliography at Cambridge University in 1901 and 1904. He formed a large collection of illuminated manuscripts, part of which was sold to various institutions between 1919 and 1921. He died in London on 8 July 1928.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Presented by Henry Yates Thompson, 1906.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Thompson in J.R.H. Weaver, ed., Dictionary of national biography, 1922-1930 (Oxford University Press, 1937), pp. 836-837.

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Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Corporate Names