Reference numberRB/2
TitleNotebooks of Robert Boyle and others
Date17th century
DescriptionNotebooks, mostly belonging to Robert Boyle, containing drafts and memorandum, and self contained items since Boyle's time.
Extent20 volumes
Physical descriptionBound volumes, paper and parchment
ArrangementPreviously contained in the 'Manuscripts General' collection. The main group of 'Boyle' items consists of manuscripts previously numbered as MS/185-MS/200, with fifteen others scattered between nos. 10 and 181; these have been identified as being linked to Boyle from their appearance in an inventory of 'Bound books' in the Boyle archive made by Henry Miles. Each volume is treated as a unit, with the components within them appearing as subsections. Some of these volumes retain their original bindings; others were rebound in the twentieth century. Various volumes (MS/185-191, 194, 198-199) were used from both ends: the catalogue entries follow the foliation, but allowance should be made when using them for the fact that the items in the latter part of the volume were written from the back rather than the front. Many volumes contain a large number of blank pages. Lengthy series of these are noted both in the general heading to the volume in question and at the point that they occur; single blank leaves or smaller groups of them, on the other hand, are noted only in relation to the entries to which they are adjacent; in some cases, leaves have been torn out; these are also noted in relation to adjacent entires.
Access statusOpen
CopiesDigital copies exist for RB/2/24 (previous number MS/193) and RB/2/25 (previous number MS/194 )
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