Thomas Jefferson Papers

Enclosure: Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on London Book Prices, [ca. 4 July 1815]

Enclosure

Notes on London Book Prices

[ca. 4 July 1815]

London prices of books, as a specimen of the present state of that market.

Polybius Gr. Lat. 3. v. 8vo £4–4 or 28/ a vol. I pd 6livre tournois–10 sous a vol. for the same in Paris
Dion. Hal. Reiskii. 6. v. 8vo Gr. Lat. £5–10. or 18/ a vol. I pd 13.livre tournois a vol. for the same in Paris.
Catesby’s Nat. Hist. £26. I pd 500livre tournois
Aristophanes Brunckii 46/ I pd 36livre tournois–12 s

Suidas 3. v. fol. £21. or £7. a vol.

Clarendon 6. v. 8vo £5–5. or 17/6 a vol.

Dugdale’s Monasticon. 3. v. fol. £42. or £14. a vol.8

Dugdale’s Baronage 2. v. fol. £21. or 10. guineas a vol.

Hakluyt 3. v. fol. £31–10 or 10. guineas a vol.

Hollingshead. 2. v. fol. £25. or £12–10 a vol.

Hall’s Chronicle a single vol. fol. £10–10.

Horsley’s Britannia. single vol fol. 15. guineas.

Hume’s hist. 9. v. fol. £63. or £7. a vol.

Johnson’s dict. 2. v. fol. 8. guineas or 4.G. a vol.

Milton’s Poetical works. 3. v. fol. 18. guineas or 6.G. a vol.

Purchas’s pilgrimage. 5. v. fol. £48. or £9–12. a vol.

Rapin with Tindal’s continuation 7. v. fol. £150. or £21–8–7 a vol.

MS (MdHi: David Bailie Warden Papers); entirely in TJ’s hand; undated; subjoined to RC of covering letter. PoC (DLC: TJ Papers, 204:36343); subjoined to PoC of covering letter.

For the source of the london prices quoted by TJ, see covering letter. TJ’s list included Dionysii Halicarnassensis Opera Omnia Graece et Latine, with annotations by Johann Jacob Reiske (reiskii) and others (Leipzig, 1774; TJ’s copy at MoSW); Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of clarendon, The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, Begun in the Year 1641 (Oxford, 1732); Raphael Holinshed (hollingshead), William Harrison, and others, The First and Second volumes of Chronicles, comprising 1 The description and historie of England, 2 . . . of Ireland, 3 . . . of Scotland ([London], 1587); and Edward hall and Richard Grafton, The Union of the two noble and illustre famelies of Lancastre & Yorke (London, 1548).

Index Entries

  • A Dictionary of the English Language (S. Johnson) search
  • Aristophanes; Comœdiæ (ed. R. F. P. Brunck) search
  • books; dictionaries search
  • books; encyclopedias search
  • books; on history search
  • books; on natural history search
  • Britannia Romana: or the Roman Antiquities of Britain (J. Horsley) search
  • Brunck, Richard François Philippe; Aristophanis Comœdiæ search
  • Casaubon, Isaac; translates Ἱστοριῶν … Historiarum (Polybius; ed. J. Gronovius) search
  • Catesby, Mark; The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands search
  • Clarendon, Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of; The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, Begun in the Year 1641 search
  • Comœdiæ (Aristophanes; ed. R. F. P. Brunck) search
  • Dionysius of Halicarnassus; Opera Omnia Graece et Latine (eds. H. Estienne, J. J. Reiske, and others) search
  • Dugdale, Sir William; Monasticon Anglicanum search
  • Dugdale, Sir William; The Baronage of England search
  • English language; dictionaries search
  • Grafton, Richard; The Union of the two noble and illustre famelies of Lancastre & Yorke search
  • Gronovius, Jacob; edits Ἱστοριῶν… Historiarum (Polybius; trans. I. Casaubon) search
  • Hakluyt, Richard; The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation search
  • Hall, Edward; The Union of the two noble and illustre famelies of Lancastre & Yorke search
  • Harrison, William (1535–93); The First and Second volumes of Chronicles search
  • history; TJ orders books on search
  • Holinshed, Raphael; The First and Second volumes of Chronicles search
  • Horsley, John; Britannia Romana: or the Roman Antiquities of Britain search
  • Hume, David; The History of England, from the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution in 1688 search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Notes on London Book Prices search
  • Johnson, Samuel; A Dictionary of the English Language search
  • Küster, Ludolph; Σουίδας. Suidæ Lexicon search
  • Milton, John; The Poetical Works search
  • Monasticon Anglicanum (W. Dugdale) search
  • natural history; books on search
  • Opera Omnia Graece et Latine (Dionysius of Halicarnassus; eds. H. Estienne, J. J. Reiske, and others) search
  • Polybius; Ἱστοριῶν … Historiarum (trans. I. Casaubon; ed. J. Gronovius) search
  • Purchas, Samuel; Purchas his Pilgrimes search
  • Purchas his Pilgrimes (S. Purchas) search
  • Rapin Thoyras, Paul de; and The Continuation of Mr. Rapin’s History of England (N. Tindal) search
  • Reiske, Johann Jacob; edits Opera Omnia Graece et Latine (Dionysius of Halicarnassus) search
  • The Baronage of England (W. Dugdale) search
  • The Continuation of Mr. Rapin’s History of England (N. Tindal) search
  • The First and Second volumes of Chronicles (R. Holinshed, W. Harrison, and others) search
  • The History of England, from the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution in 1688 (D. Hume) search
  • The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, Begun in the Year 1641 (E. Clarendon) search
  • The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands (M. Catesby) search
  • The Poetical Works (J. Milton) search
  • The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation (R. Hakluyt) search
  • The Union of the two noble and illustre famelies of Lancastre & Yorke (E. Hall and R. Grafton) search
  • Tindal, Nicolas; The Continuation of Mr. Rapin’s History of England search
  • Σουίδας. Suidæ Lexicon (ed. L. Küster) search
  • Ἱστοριῶν … Historiarum (Polybius; trans. I. Casaubon; ed. J. Gronovius) search