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THE LIVES OF THE PROFESSORS OF GRESHAM COLLEGE:
Ward, John.

THE LIVES OF THE PROFESSORS OF GRESHAM COLLEGE:

To which is prefixed The Life of the Founder Sir Thomas Gresham. With An Appendix, consisting of Orations, Lectures, and Letters, written by the Professors, with other Papers serving to illustrate the Lives. London, Printed by John Moore ... 1740.
1st Ed. Folio. [iv] + xxiv + 338pp. + [ii] + 156pp. Folding birdseye plate, 4 plates including 1 folding. Some light browning, institutional ink stamp to t.p. and bookplate to pastedown, f.e.p. and flyleaf with frayed loss, old calf worn with some loss to edges, rebacked in modern calf with gilt motifs and lettering to spine. ESTC T145612. ‘With a [4pp] list of subscribers. The appendix with separate titlepage, pagination and register.’ John Ward (1678/9–1758), antiquary and biographer. ‘... Ward's major work is undoubtedly [the above] which dealt with all those who had been appointed since 1597, when the first inaugural lectures were delivered ...’ The early success of the College led to the incorporation of the Royal Society in 1663, which pursued its activities at the College in Bishopsgate before moving to its own premises in Crane Court in 1710. Early distinguished Gresham College professors included Christopher Wren, who lectured on astronomy in the 17th century and Robert Hooke, who was Professor of Geometry from 1665 until 1704.
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