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Catalogue of gems in the possession of Lady Elizabeth Germain

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Catalogue of gems in the possession of Lady Elizabeth Germain
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Paper; ff. i + 48.
Leather binding, red, gilt-tooled. Signature and note of Smart Lethieullier, FSA, fol. 1. Exhibited by Smart Lethieullier, 9 June 1732. Minute Book I, p. 293. Bookplate of the Rev. Charles Lyttelton, PSA, fol. i.
Scope and content
'Gemmae incisae excisaeque, maxima ex parte antiquae.. Thesaurus olim Arundellianus.. qui nunc in Aedibus.. Dnae. Elizabethae Germain, Londini,.. servatur' (fol. 7). A copy of the catalogue of gems in the possession of Lady Elizabeth (Betty) Germain made for Smart Lethieullier, FSA, by John Frederick, 1727 (note, fol. 1). Catalogue, fols. 7-38, followed by an extract, in Italian, from the 'antico catalogo delle Gemme intagliate, e scolpite..', fols. 39-40.

The collection of gems made by Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel, was bequeathed to Sir John Germain by his first wife, the divorced Duchess of Norfolk. Sir John married as his second wife, Elizabeth, second daughter of Charles, 2nd Earl of Berkeley, known as Lady Betty Germain (1680-1769). The collection of gems was given by Lady Betty to her great-niece, Lady Mary Beauclerk, who married Lord Charles Spencer, brother of the 3rd Duke of Marlborough; it was part of the Marlborough collection sold in 1875. See J. Bryant, W. Cole, Gemmarum antiquarum delectus quae in dactyliothecis Ducis Marlburiensis conservantur (1781-90), with engravings by Bartolozzi; M. H. Neville Story-Maskelyne, The Marlborough Gems (1870), introduction.

MSS/0019, MSS/0059 also belonged to Lethieullier and Lyttelton.

A digital copy of the manuscript can be accessed via the Beazley Archive: https://www.carc.ox.ac.uk/carc/gems/The-Marlborough-Collection (click on '18th century Latin catalogue of Arundel collection').
Lethieullier, Smart (1701-1760), antiquary
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