In addition to his books, two of Smith’s personal notebooks now belong to Queens’ Library. This particular notebook comprises inventories of his possessions, including two lists of his books, dated 1566 and 1576. They are both organised by subjects: theology, civil law, English law, history, philosophy, mathematics, medicine and surgery, grammar and poetry, historical and philosophical Greek books, and architecture. This library list was intended for Smith’s personal use, and each entry is brief, with only an author’s name or a title. Smith was known for his organisation and accuracy; thus, we can consider the list an accurate reflection of his library and the way in which it was ordered.
Author: Thomas Smith
Title: 'Inventaries' [Commonplace book] (16th century)
Shelfmark: Queens' College Library MS 49
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