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BYROM, John (1692-1763) -- Thomas RODD. A Catalogue of the Library formed by the late John Byrom, Esq., M.A., F.R.S., formerly Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, preserved at Kersall Cell, Lancashire. [Kersall Cell: Printed by Compton & Ritchie, London]: "Printed for Private Circulation Only," 1848.
4o (207 x 160 mm). Lithographed frontispiece view of Kersall Cell by W. Backshall (foxed). Contemporary calf (rebacked, some wear). Provenance: Sir Oswald Mosley (bookplate); A.N.L. Munby (bookplate); H.P. Kraus (bookplate).
The library of John Byrom, poet, diarist, and inventor of a well-known system of stenography, "of which only a few copies are now printed for private circulation." Byrom was a kind of Boswell to William Law, the mystic. The catalogue of his library, still preserved at that time in his house owned by his descendents, "contains a valuable list of contemporary and earlier mystical books, tracts and pamphlets."
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