Libraries in Colonial Virginia, Richard Lee, the Scholar

The Library of Richard Lee, the Scholar

LIBRARIES IN COLONIAL VIRGINIA.

Note: The following is taken from the April 1894 issue of the William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Papers (WMQ, 1st series, vol. 2, pp. 247–49.)

Library of Col. Richard Lee,1 Esquire, of Westmoreland county, taken literally from his inventory, recorded December 8, 1715:

“Universal Dictionary Philips fo Salmon’s Londo Dispensty 8vo    Dr. Barrows sermons 3 voll fo comon prayer book 8vo    Parable of the Pilgrim S Patrick    accomplished Cooke 8vo    Callimachi Cyrinaei Epigrammata    Markhams Masterpiece 8 vo    Austins Meditacons fo    Wings Art of Surveying 8vo    Etymolgicum parvum 8vo    Reglimens and Ordinances 8vo    Cockers Arithmetiek 8vo    Mametij Epistol 12mo    Gulielm Hardaei Medici Regij 12mo    learn to die 12mo    a treatize of maratime affairs    The Union of Honour fo Silva Silvarum fo    Scholastical History of the Canons of the Holy Scripture fo    fflorua ffranciscus 12mo    Bayles receipts 8vo    Les Guerres D’ Alexandre par Arrian    Greek Grammar 8vo    Comentarij Collegii Cambriciensis Societatis    Jesus de Anima Aristoteles    Les Sex primes liberi Eucidij avo Cæsaris Comentarii 8vo    Dodonas grove 8vo    Jno Whites Works Divinity fo Government & obedience as they are directed by Scripture & reason    Hodders Arithmetic 8vo    the art of distillation 8vo    Peti Suavij Hist Cons    Tridentiri Opera Theologica fo 1 vol    History of K. Henry 7th fo    corpus doctrinæ orthodoxæ    8vo    History of the D of Espernon fo Bible 4to    Praxis Medicinæ 4to    Terence 8mo    Physica Praxis fo    a piece of Surgery fo ffrench Dictionary 4to    little description of the great world    Lucii Annaei Senecae opera 4to.    Luciani Diologi 8vo    Logicales controversial 8vo    Laurentii Vallæ opera 8vo    aurea clavis 8vo    della Sagassee tres livres 8vo    Hammond’s Catechism 8vo    alvari Grammatica 8vo    Juvenal & Perseus 8vo    exercitationes de morbis 8vo    Rabdologica 12mo    Pastor Fido 12mo    Merlin Anglica    Ephemeris 8vo    Hesiod 8vo    Tulleys Orations 8vo    Thos A Kempis de Xto imitando 12mo    Hegentii Itinerarium 8vo    Book of Prayers 8vo    Elenchi Motuum 8vo    Elementa optica 8vo    Phrasis Oratoriae 8vo    Alberti Magni opera 8vo    The mischief of sin 8vo    Hermani Brittania magna 8vo    Selected discourses    Epithetorurn farago 8vo    Day of Jubilee 8vo    Systema medicinale 8vo Iodici Sinceri Itinerarium Rhetorica Libri duo 12mo    Owens Epigrams 12mo    Morum Exempla 12mo    Zenophontis opera 8vo    Rainoldi Orationes l2mo    A Septuagint 8vo    Introductio ad Blazoniam 8vo    Historia Universalis 8vo    Erasrnus 8vo    Logicæ institutiones 8vo    hear the Church a pamphlet natura brevium 8vo    Bergers dicij Logica 8vo    Dictionariolum Ang et Lat Svo Poernata Latina 8vo    Gentill Sumer Svo Ars Signortim 8vo    Comentaries on Aristoles Ethics Terminationes et Exempla conjugationum    Toutes Lees Oures Charitables 8vo    Statuta miversitatis Oxon 8vo    Claudianus 8vo    Dialogues Rusiticks 8vo    A Collection of Articles 4to    Method of Physick 8vo    the method & Honr of the old English Clergy Demosthenes Orationes 12 mo    Heliodorus 8vo    a treatise of famous places 8vo    Renati Des Cartes tractatio 8vo    disputatio Juridica 4to    The Life of Count Gabalis 12mo    Nugae venales 12mo    Glissons Anatomy 12mo    Jani nicii pinacotheca 8vo    Glory of the Church 8vo    Thomas Smith Aug de repub Anglorum    Horace 8mo    Janua Linguarum Institutiones Medicinal 8vo    Virgil 12mo    Ovid 12mo    Livius 8vo Opiscula 8vo    Notitia imperii Romani 8vo    Edonis nentuti Theatrum    Illustriuin Poetarum Flores 8vo    Cornelius Tacitus 8vo    English Gentleman fo    Diogenes 8vo    Sallust 12mo    Moors Arithmetick 8vo    Synonima Latinoruin 8vo    Musae Sacræ 8vo Anguis flagellatus 8vo    Cornelius Tacitus 12mo    a piece of Divinity 4to    time & the end of time 12mo    Anrea Pythagorum Carmina 8vo    Hist. of Civil Wars of ffrance fo    Crania practica 8vo    Pauli Orosij opera 8vo    Hist of the World Sr Waltr Rawley fo    Michll De Montaignes fo    Bates Dispensatory 8vo    Hemrii Orationes 12mo    Epitome Del Hist Romanæ 8vo    Clavis mystica D. ffeatley fo the only way to the rest of Soul 12mo    Jo Bapt fferrarij Senensi Orationes 12mo    Hugonis Grotii Institutio 12mo    The whole duty of man 8vo    Sermons on Several occasions 4to    Elementorum Euclides libri tridecem fo    Lex mercutcotæ fo Enchiridium Anatomicurn 8vo    Observacons out of Terence 8vo    Sr Edwd Cooks reports fo 4 vol    English Rogue 8vo    discripcon of Engld & Wales 8vo    laws of Ecclesiastical pollity fo    Galens works fo 5 vol    exposicons on the principall scriptures    Warrs of Italy fo    Sennerti opera omnia fo    Cornelius Tacitus Annals fo    Lancelott Andrews Sermons fo    Areti opera fo    Hypocratis opera    Annotacons on old & new Testamt fo    A concordance of Holy Scripture fo    Annals of the World fo    Collecon of orphan lectures    Opela Sebastian munsterii fo    Laws of Virginia fo    Matheseos tractatio 4to    Collecon of ffrancis Bacon works    Lexicon Scapula fo 2 vol    Calepini Dictionarium Latinum fo    Johannis Gorrei opera fo    speeds prospect of the world fo    Titles of Honr fo    Anatomy of man fo    right way to the best religion    History of the Holy Land fo    Delavalls Travels fo    Reconciliableness of Specifick medicines so    Martials Epigrams 8vo    Erotenun linguæ sanctæ 8vo    Hymns Tabaci 8vo    fflorus Auglicus 8  Londo    Practice of Physick 8vo   a Glympse of Eternity 8vo    Eikon Basilakij or Royal Image Hudibras 8vo    Epistolæ Elianæ 4to    Spirituall refineings 4to    Aristotle Paraphrase on the Psalms 8vo    ffrench Testamt 12mo    ffrench Bible 8vo    Treatise of Divinity 4to Mangers ffrench Gramar 8vo    Kenelm Digby’s receipts 8vo.    fflorilegium 8vo    accomplished courtier 8vo    Cluvers Geography 12mo    Greek Testament 12mo,    Hippocrates 8vo Barclai Pomatum 8vo    La fida pastora 8vo    Homers Iliads observators fo Euphorionis satiricon 8vo    a concordance 4to    Plinij Epistolæ 8vo    Corneli felaus (Celsi?) de Medicma 8vo    Davids Psalm in Latine 8vo    Bacons Sermons fideles spheere Johannes de sacro Bosco 8vo    a collection of penal laws 4to    ffrench schoolmaster 8vo    Exercitationes de gen. animalium fo    Cæsars comentaries 8vo    Quintus Curtius 8vo    Wingates arithmetick 8vo Moriæ encomium 8vo    the new art of living    Orationes Latinæ 8vo    Calligraphia Oratoria 8vo    Practice of quietness 8vo    Suetonius 8vo    Epictetus 8vo    Magiæ naturalis tractatio 8vo    La Secretaria de Apolie 8vo    Apthenii proginnasmata 12mo    Les Lettres de Mr De Voiture 8vo    Historia Alexandria Magna 12mo    familiar Coloques 12mo    Europe a slave unless Engld break her chains    Hobbs Elements 8vo    Orlando furioso 8vo    ®sops Fables Gr. & Lat. 8vo    Legrands Philosophy fo    merchants mirror fo    Sr Geo Crokes reports fo 2 vol    law Dictionary fo    Symboleography 4to    a comentary on Littleton fo    a compleat book of sea laws 4to    Practick part of the law 8vo    Greenwood revised 8vo    Trials p Pais 8vo    Compleat History of Europe 8vo    3 vol abridgmt of Geo Crokes reprts 8vo    Natura brevium 8vo    Records Arithmetick 8vo    M De Voitures Letters 8vo    Cleavelands Poems 8vo    Bacons Elements quarto Witt & drollery 8vo    Court Keepers guide 8vo    virtus rediviva 8vo    Vellius parterculus 8vo    Hobbs Philos Rudiments 12mo    Divine breathings 12mo    a practical catechism 8vo    Balzacs Letters 8vo    Pains Poems 8vo    Annals of QueenAnne 8vo    3 vols Contemplations Moral & Divine 8vo    Institutio Legalis 8vo    English Rudiments 8vo    Les termes de Loy 8vo    Histoll accot of rise &c of the W. Indies    misteries of clerkship 8vo    office & duty of Exta 8vo    Kebles Justice of the Peace fo    ffortescutus Illustratus fo    Eyre’s Arithmetick 8vo    Syllabus Græco Latinus 8vo    Marriners fallen 8vo    Formulæ Oratoriae 8vo    Power communicated by God to the Prince 8vo    Pia desideria 12mo    Lylleys Gramar 8vo    Winton School phrases 8vo    Corderius 8vo    Latin Testamt 12mo    Graecae prosodia 8vo    Greek Gramar 8vo    Gold mine of the french tongue 8vo    Plutarcks Lives fo    Rushworths collections fo    1st part Boyles consideracons of the style of H. Scriptures.

[In the inventory are mentioned: “In the Hall: Richard Lee’s picture, frame & curtain.” “G. Corbin’s[2] picture,” “the Quakers picture,” “T. Corbin’s picture.” In the chamber, among many pieces of plate, “six large spoons, marked squirrel.”[3]]

[Notes]

1 Richard Lee, member of the Council, etc., was the son of “Richard Lee Gent.” and as his tombstone (on Lee’s Creek, an arm of Lower Machodoc, Westmoreland county) states, “was descended from an ancient family of Merton Regis in Shropshire, and wan very skilful in the Greek and Latin Languages and other parts of polite learning.” He died 12th March 1714–15 in his 68th year.

[2] Richard Lee married Lettice Corbin, daughter of Henry Corbin

[3] The Lee crest was a squirrel.

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