Anthony Askew: Notes on Optics, Hydrostatics and Astronomy

Scope and Content

Thomas Rutherforth, Ordo institutionum physicarum in privatis lectionibus, Cambridge, 1743, followed by 241 pages of notes on optics, mechanics, hydrostatics, and astronomy, in the hands of several writers, which probably include Anthony Askew. At the end are printed diagrams from Rutherforth's book.

Administrative / Biographical History

Anthony Askew (1722-72), physician, matriculated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1741 (M.B. 1745, M.D. 1750).

Thomas Rutherforth (1712-1771), Archdeacon of Essex, was a writer on scientific matters.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Rare Books Department, 1995.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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Custodial History

The volume, bound with Thomas Rutherforth's Ordo institutionum physicarum (1743), was given to Askew by Thomas Wrangham (1723-77) of Emmanuel College in 1745. Wrangham possibly received it from John Fortune (1710-77) of St. John's College, Cambridge. Askew gave the volume to his younger brother Henry Askew (1730-96) in 1750, when Henry matriculated at Emmanuel.