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Page 5 seems to be no record other than that in Alumni Oxonienses, where he is tersely described as the son of "Humphrey of St. " He matriculated at St. John's College on June 30, 1720, aged 18, received the B. C. L. on March 22, 17271728, and the D. C. L. in 1738. The only appearances of his name I have come upon have been in the context of his assistance in Theobald's Shakespeare. Dr. Mead was the famous physician Robert Mead whose collection of books, coins, manuscripts, drawings, gems, and statuary was often at the service of friends and friends of friends.
2 These twelve thousand were the buyers and collectors of books; they were the Fellows of the Royal Society and of the Society of Antiquaries, and it was they who contributed papers on a vast diversity of subjects to the Philosophical Transactions of the first and to Archaeologia, published by the second. 3 "Books," wrote R. W. Chapman of this period, "were not cheap. 6d. 6d. , 'sewed,' for a volume in small octavo or duodecimo containing about 300 pages with not more than 200 words to a page. Larger octavos fetched a higher price; Johnson's Journey was 5s.
Turberville (Oxford, 1933), 1. 160. 2 I take this from James Sutherland's Preface to Eighteenth Century Poetry (Oxford, 1948), p. 49. Petty is Sir William Petty, political economist. 3Johnson's England, II. 329. 4Johnson's England, II. 318319. 5 Quoted in Boswell's Life of Johnson, sub Wednesday 20 July, 1763. Page xi ture was £7, there was no problem about bookbuyingyou didn't. Templars, the better-off clergy, the antiquarians, the professional men, the wealthier merchants, the nobility, the successful actors and singers and musicians, they bought the books, old and new, and they built up the collections.