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JACOMBE, Thomas (1622-1687) -- Bibliotheca Jacombiana, sive catalogus variorum librorum plurimis facultatibus insignium instructissimae bibliothecae Rev. Doct. Thomae Jacomb, S.T.D. London: Edward Millington, "Catalogues are distributed at 6d. per Catal. From Mr. Notts... Mr. Wilkinson's... Mr. Samuel Crouch's... Mr. Benj. Shirley... Mr. Edward Hall...," 31 October 1687.
4o (238 x 180 mm). Modern red quarter morocco, marbled boards. Provenance: A.N.L. Munby (bookplate); pencilled note "By exhange with Christ Church, Oxford, 1969."
Pollard and Ehrman note that the auctioneer Edward Millington "had been apprenticed to John Shirley, a member of the Haberdasher's Company, who sold books. Millington was John Milton's landlord towards the end of his life, and used to act as his guide through the streets (pp. 243-4). Millington's first auction of books was held on 29 March 1680. Thomas Jacombe was a nonconformist divine whose moderate opinions allowed him to be named D.D. at Cambridge upon the Restoration. He was ejected for nonconformity in 1662. "After his deprivation Jacombe held a conventicle from 1672 in Silver Street, and was several times prosecuted. He was protected by his old patroness, the Countess-dowager of Exeter. Luttrell says that the 'fanatick parson' was taken into her house (in Little Britain) in February 1684-5. He died there of a cancer, aged 66, on Easter Sunday, 27 March 1687" (DNB). Munby & Coral, p.7; Wing J-113.
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