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CLARKE, John: dictionary of the Fernandian tongue


Reference code(s): GB 1446 MS 4

Held at: Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland

Title: CLARKE, John: dictionary of the Fernandian tongue

Date(s): 1854

Level of description: collection

Extent: 2 Vols.

Name of creator(s): Clarke | John | fl 1841-1854 | Baptist missionary


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Clarke was a Baptist missionary who spent time in Fernando Po (Bioko, Equatorial Guinea), 1841-1847 and Havanna la Mar, Jamaica, 1854.


Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript copy of a dictionary of the Fernandian tongue in two volumes, 12 May 1854, collected by John Clarke from the people of the island of Fernando Po and the adjacent continent, 1 Jan 1841 to 11 May 1847.


Language/scripts of material: Fernandian and English

System of arrangement:

Single item

Conditions governing access:

Appointments are necessary for all visits; please contact the archivist by email to arrange; a fee of 10 is payable by all visitors except Fellows and Members; membership details can be found on the RAI web site; access to material referring to the most recent thirty years is restricted; some material is very fragile and may not be available for view; a few items are of restricted or forbidden access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies and scans for personal research only may be arranged at the discretion of the archivist; charges apply; in all cases forms governing use of copies must be signed; use of digital cameras is not allowed.

Physical characteristics:

2 vols. 19 x 12.5 cm (vol. 1); 20 x 12.5 cm (vol. 2).

Finding aids:

Collection level description available in the reading room.



Archival history:

The notebooks were copied from the original for the Ethnological Society, London.

Immediate source of acquisition:



Related material:

For a dictionary of a number of African languages by Clarke, see MS 5.


Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Apr 2008

Dictionaries | Reference materials | Books | Publications | Communications media | Information sciences
African languages

Personal names
Clarke | John | fl 1841-1854 | Baptist missionary

Corporate names

Equatorial Guinea | Central Africa