RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoSion L40.2/E22
Extent1 vol.
DescriptionA miscellany of manuscript and printed items from the collection of Edmund Gibson (1669-1748), Bishop of London.

Flyleaves (foliated i-iii). At f. ii is a list of contents of the volume in a hand of c.1700. A number of items listed are no longer present in this volume.

Item 1. 'Doctor Halls curates peticion to the Kinge'. A lament, in verse of a poor curate, contrasting his poverty with the wealth of Dr. Hall.
Begins: 'I serve under doctor Hall Oh miserere mei'. 1f. Early 17th century.

Item 2. A printed work: Alexander Gill, 'Logonomia Anglica. Qua gentis sermo facilius addiscitur' 2nd edition (London, 1621). STC (2nd ed.), 11874; ESTC S103107. ownership inscription of Francis Turner, 1622, on title page.

Item 3 (foliated 1-40, with unfoliated blank leaves). Writings in the hand of Edmund Gibson, afterwards Bishop of London.
ff. 1-3. 'The necessity of Reformation'.
ff. 4-8. 'The lay Christians obligation to read the holy scripture'. A sermon on Colossians 3:16.
ff. 9-16. 'A vindication of several Protestant doctrines in answer to a Papist requiring proof of scripture for them'.
f. 17. 'Eikon Basilike'. Remarks.
ff. 18-19. 'Of the sacrament of the Lord's supper'.
ff. 20-24. 'Jan. 8 1688/9. Reasons for abrogating the Test by Sam. Oxon', with a note above: 'Have a care of this Assertion'. By Samuel Parker, Bishop of Oxford. His 'Reasons for abrogating the Test imposed upon all Members of Parliament' was published in 1688.
ff. 25-30. 'The principles of natural religion'. Notes on John Wilkins, 'Of the principles and duties of natural religion' (London,1675).
ff. 31-33. 'An abstract of the first part of Dr. Sherlock's Preservative against Popery'. William Sherlock, ' A Preservative against Popery' was published in 1688.
ff. 34-40. 'Guil. Amesii Articulus primus de electione ex fide praevisa quam Remonstrantes vindicant'. On the work of the Calvinist William Ames (1576-1633) and his opponents the Remonstrants in the Netherlands. In Latin.

Item 4. A printed work: A. Deschemps, 'Acerbus linguæ Gallicæ luctus, patriæ exitu olim quæsitæ: ultro se nunc offerentis'. (Rotterdam, 1687).

Item 5. A printed item, possibly incomplete. Samples of founts (Roman, Italic, Saxon, Hebrew, Arabic, Syriac , Coptic etc) in use in a printing house. late 17th century. The lists of contents of this volume: 'Specimens of the different characters made use of in the Printing House Oxon' suggests that Oxford University Press is meant.

Item 6. 'Breife and plain rules for the reading of the Irish tongue'. 8 ff. (ff. 6-8 blank).
Apparently copied from:
[left title] The Christian Doctrine, or the Foundation of Christian Religion, gathered into six principles. Necessarie for every Man to learn. Translated into Irish by Godfrey Daniel, Master in the Arts. And also Brief and plain Rules for the reading of the Irish tongue. Printed at Dublin, by Will. Bladen, Anno Dom. 1652.
[right title] An Teagasg Críosttuidhe, nó Fundameint an Chreidim Críosduidhe, ar na chruinníughadh a sé Bpuncuibh Prinnsiopalta. Atá ríachonach dá nuile dhuine ainbhfiorach dfóghluim. Ar na tharruing an Gaoidhilge ré Gothfraigh Mac Domhnuill, Maghistir ionn sna Headadhnachuibh. Agus Mar an gcéudna Ríaglach athghearr, ? soiléir do chum na teangadh gaoidhilge do léghadh. Ar na chur a gló a Mbaile átha Cliath, ro Huill. Bladen, Anno Dom. 1652.
[information from Professor Richard Sharpe, Jul 2018]

Item 7. A printed catechism of the Church of Ireland, in Irish; transliteration: 'An Teagasg Criosduighe: as ce´ir do nuile dhuine dfoghluim, suil cuirfighther fa la´imh Easbuig e´' (London: Robert Etheringham, 1680). 14pp. Printed in an Irish fount, presumably the new fount manufactured by Joseph Moxon which was used for printing Church of Ireland works from 1680.

Item 8. A printed work: 'Statuta quaedam Academiae Cantabrigiensis' (Cambridge, 1684).

Item 9: A printed work: 'The worthines of Wales' (London: G. Robinson for Thomas Cadman, 1587). By Thomas Churchyard (1520?-1604). Final two leaves damaged, with loss of text.
Inscription on title page: 'Martin Hopkines oeth this booke 1611'.

Item 10. A printed work: R. Holland [Richard Holland], 'Globe notes' (London, 1684). ESTC R215942.

Item 11. 'A discourse of Portus Iccius. Wherein the late conceits of Chiffletius in his topographicall discourse thereof are examined and refuted. The judgment of Cluverius concerning the same port asserted and embraced. And the true site thereof more clearly demonstrated. By William Somner'. i, 54 pp.
A reply by William Somner (1598-1669) to Jean-Jacques Chifflet on the Roman expeditions to Britain. The work was edited and published from the manuscript by Edmund Gibson: 'Julii Cæsaris Portus Iccius illustratus: sive I. Gulielmi Somneri ad Chiffletii librum de Portu Iccio, responsio; nunc primum ex MS. edita. 2. Caroli Du Fresne Dissertatio de Portu Iccio. Tractatum utrumque Latine vertit, & nova dissertatione auxit Edmundus Gibson (Oxford, 1694).
The list of contents to the present volume (see f. ii) describes this item as 'Somners Portus Iccius Orig'.

Item 12. A text in Greek; transliteration as follows: 'Ippolytou Thebaiou papa Rwmes ek tes Chronikes autou Istorias peri tes tou Swteros emwn oikonomias kai peri tes agias Theotokou posa ete ezesan eis akribeian eti de kai peri tou Baptistou Iwannou kai peri tou Theologou Iwannou kai tou Zebedaiou de kai twn mathetwn tou Christou'. [Of Hippolytus of Thebes, Pope of Rome, from his Chronicle of History regarding the oikonomia of Our Saviour and regarding precisely how many years the holy Madonna lived and in addition regarding John the Baptist and regarding John the Theologian and Zebedee and the disciples of Christ]. Below the title is a reference to William Cave, 'Scriptorum ecclesiasticorum historia literaria' vol 2 (London, 1698), p. 96, col. 2, where this text is discussed. 17th century. 10 ff. (ff. 6-10 blank).

Item 13. A dictionary of English dialect words, in the hand of Edmund Gibson. 18 ff.
The list of contents to the present volume (see f. ii) describes this item as: 'A collection of some obsolete words still in use in the northern parts'.

Item 14. Notes from classical and later writers on the geography of the Roman expeditions to Britain. In the hand of Edmund Gibson and probably related to his edition in 1694 of William Somner's work on Portus Iccius (see item 11), or Gibson's 'A Treatise of the Roman Ports and Forts in Kent', also published in 1694. 12 ff.

Item 15. 'Notata et emendata in versione Annalium Saxonicorum Oxonii propediem juris publici futurorum. Aug. 29 1689'. Notes and comments on a draft edition of an Anglo-Saxon chronicle. Probably notes sent to Edmund Gibson while preparing his 'Chronicon saxonicum, ex MSS codicibus nunc primum integrum edidit ac Latinum fecit Edmundus Gibson ... (Oxford, 1692). 12 ff.
LanguageEnglish, Latin, Greek, Irish
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2013
PhysicalDescriptionQuarter leather binding with boards covered in buckram, 210 x 170 mm., 19th century.
Paper leaves.
CustodialHistoryFrom the collection of pamphlets of Edmund Gibson (1669-1748), Bishop of London. These were deposited in Sion College by the executors of his grandson Edmund Gibson, Rector of St. Benet, Paul's Wharf, London, in May 1798; ownership was given to Sion College in April 1799.
The contents of this volume are recorded in the catalogue of the Gibson pamphlets compiled in 1816 (Sion L40.2/E91, p. 95).
Transferred from Sion College to Lambeth Palace Library, 1996.

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75Gibson; Edmund (1669-1748); Bishop of London1669-1748
GB/109/17957Parker; Samuel (1640-1688); Bishop of Oxford1640-1688
NA2621Somner; William (1598-1669); Anglo-Saxon scholar; antiquary1598-1669
NA1938Sion College; 1630-1630-
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