Papers of John Anstis

Scope and Content

Notes and transcripts by John Anstis, with some correspondence, for his work The register of the most noble order of the Garter (London, 1726), mounted on leaves from 16th-century editions of year books.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Anstis (1669-1744) was a herald, antiquary and MP. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Conditions Governing Access

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Acquisition Information

Bought, Stanley Crowe, cat. 70, item 62, and given by the Friends of the Bodleian, 1961.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 39078-9.

Custodial History

S. Baker & G. Leigh, 12 December 1768 (Anstis sale), lots 342-3; Sotheby's, 19 December 1960, lot 251.

Corporate Names