- Majority of material found within 1738-1866
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
2 linear feet (9 volumes)
The set also includes letters by John Burgoyne; Wiliam Cobbett; Thomas De Quincey; Edward VII, King of Great Britain; Thomas Gainsborough; David Garrick; W. E. (William Ewart) Gladstone; Charles George Gordon; Thomas Jefferson; Pietro Metastasio; and many others. Also of note are original pencil sketches credited to Henry William Bunbury, item (7. 269. 2); and Ozias Humphry, item (7. 297. 4).
The first digit of each item number refers to the volume as bound by Adam, and the second digit refers to the page number in the published text. The third digit, where necessary, refers to the sheet number of the insertion in cases where more than one item is inserted for a page. Example: (3. 270. 6) indicates that the item is in Vol. 3 of Adam's 9-volume set. Within that volume, it appears facing page 270, and starts on the sixth inserted sheet facing that page. It follows immediately after (3. 370. 4) because that item is mounted on two sheets.
Appearing after Hill's index, volume 9, pages 521-606, is a printed master index of inserted material. This was apparently compiled by Adam, and printed using a similar typeface and paper size as Hill's book. The index has separate sections for portraits; autographs; views; and miscellaneous illustrations.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Existence and Location of Copies
- Adam, R.B. Catalogue of the Johnsonian Collection of R.B. Adam (Buffalo, N.Y.: privately printed, 1921).
- Eccles, Mary Hyde. A Miscellany of her Essays and Addresses (New York: Grolier Club, 2002).
A full inventory spreadsheet was compiled by Marcia Levinson while the set was property of Mary Hyde Eccles. This spreadsheet was expanded and developed into the present guide in 2005.
- Hill, George Birkbeck Norman, 1835-1903. Johnsonian Miscellanies, extra-illustrated, 1538-1900: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
- EAD ID
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