William Hunter’s Library: the Hs

The letter ‘H’ is particularly strong for medical authors. Harvey, Hippocrates, John Hunter, and, of course, William Hunter himself all have entries in Hunter’s library catalogue. The Transcription Team has completed a first draft of the transcription of Museum Records 3. We’re going through the draft and tracking down entries we’ve not yet matched to…

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William Hunter’s Library: the Fs

The 268 entries that are listed under ‘F’ in Museum Records 3 again demonstrate the variety of books that William Hunter collected. As in other sections of his catalogue, we find that Hunter’s interests in anatomy and medicine are well represented. Another theme that emerges in this section is travel and exploration. See the full F…

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Hisses, Uproar, and Confusion: Mr James Fennell’s Riotous Nights at the Theatre Royal, 1788

An angry group of Edinburgh theatre patrons targeted an actor, Mr James Fennell, for systematic abuse as he attempted to perform his role in ‘Venice Preserv’d, or a Plot Discover’d’ at the Theatre Royal on 9 July 1788. The unruly group had entered into a most unwarrantable and illegal combination and conspiracy, to interrupt the…

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William Hunter’s Library: the Es

The ‘E’ section of Hunter’s Trustees’ Library Catalogue (now known as Museum Records 3 – or MR 3 for short) comprises 135 entries. This forms a small but rich section of the catalogue and the project update focuses on incunables and early modern scholarly printing as well as a selection of books listed under ‘Essays’….

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William Hunter’s Library: the Ds

The ‘D’ section of Hunter’s Trustees’ catalogue offered me a chance to combine medical humanities and legal history. The highlights report for the section focuses on a book by Hunter’s mentor Dr James Douglas and on the biggest civil case in eighteenth-century Scotland, the Douglas Cause. You can read the related blog post at the…

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