Notes on Herodotus, by John Spencer

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      GB 206 MS 93
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      English Latin Greek
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      1 vol. (134 ff.) Modern pencilled numeration; ff. 78-133 are blank. The first part is written in a small close hand, the analysis in a different hand. Bookplate of John Spencer at the end of the volume. Quarto volume, parchment binding, with "Spencer" written on the front

Scope and Content

Contains: (1) Extracts from Herodotus, books 1-3, with commentary in Latin, and numerous parallel quotations from other Greek and Latin authors. At the end of each section is the name "Spencer" and the dates, "Ap:2", "Ap:23", and "May 7"; (2) Analysis in English of Herodotus, books 1 and 3-9.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Spencer of Cannon Hall, Cawthorne, was the son of William Spencer and his wife, Christiana, daughter of Robert Ashton. He was educated at Winchester and in 1738 went to University College, Oxford and later qualified for the Bar. He engaged the architect, John Carr to enlarge Cannon Hall and the additional two wings included a library to house his collection of books. He died, unmarried, in November 1775 and left his estate to his nephew, Walter Stanhope, who added the prefix Spencer to his own surname, in memory of his uncle

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Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

The gift of Mr J. M. Spencer Stanhope of Cannon Hall, 1942


In English, Latin, and Greek

Custodial History

From the Spencer Stanhope Collection


See A. M. W. Stirling, Annals of a Yorkshire house, London 1911