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Blicke, Sir Charles and Sharpe, William: Books

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0274
Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Full title: Blicke, Sir Charles and Sharpe, William: Books
Date(s): 1808-1816
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 volumes
Name of creator(s): Blicke | Sir | Charles | 1745-1815 | Knight | surgeon
Sharpe | William | fl 1810 | surgeon

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

Sir Charles Blicke was born in 1745. He trained at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, and was elected assistant surgeon in 1779. John Abernethy became his apprentice in 1779. Blicke became surgeon in 1787. He was a member of the Court of Assistants at Surgeon's Hall and in 1803 was knighted and became Master of the Royal College of Surgeons in London. The Court of Assistants gave their thanks to him in 1811, for his work as Treasurer during the building of the College. He died in London, in 1815.

William Sharpe was a former member of Court but no further biographical information was available at the time of compilation.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to Sir Charles Blicke and William Sharpe, 1808-1816, comprising a volume containing a detailed manuscript list of the books presented to the College Library by Blicke, 4 Jan 1808-1816; and a volume containing a detailed manuscript list of the books presented to the College Library by Sharpe, 2 Jul 1810.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

By written appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying permitted.

Finding aids:

Archival Information

Archival history:

These were the 2 founding donations given to the College when the Board of Curators began seriously collecting in 1807.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Sir Charles Blicke gave 130 volumes while he was alive and left more in his will, as well as 300 to be invested for buying books in perpetuity.

William Sharpe's books were donated by his widow. The library owes many of its 17th-century medical books to Sharpe, and to Sir Anthony Carlisle.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

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:
Sep 2008

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