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Papers of Rev Dr John Walker
    Papers in Natural History and Parish Management

Edinburgh University Library Department of Special Collections

Papers in geography, history, and science

Item Summary

Reference Code

GB 0237 John Walker Dc.1.58



Extent and medium of the unit of description


bound volume

Name of creator

Walker | John | 1731-1803 | professor of natural history, University of Edinburgh and clergyman

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

Approximately 75 mostly handwritten leaves, including a 2-page colour drawing of Burrum chundalle, an extract from a history of Louisiana by W. de Page du Pratz (1783); extract from a history of Sumatra by William Marsden (1783); extract from the 'Constitution of the German Empire', s.n., s.d.; extract from 'Baretti's Account of the Manners and Customs of Italy' (1775); extract from 'Baretti's Travels Thro' England Portugal Spain & France to Genoa (1760); extract from 'Travels thro' Portugal & Spain by Richard Tiviss' (1772); 'A Tour thro' Sicily & Malta by P Brydone' (1770); extract of an account of travels to Russia and Sweden; extract of a voyage to South America; a voyage to China & the East Indies by Peter Osbeck, 1750; 'Voyage to India & back by Land, by Ed. Ives, Surgeon to Adm. Watson', 1755-7 (transcribed 1783); essay on the backwardness of China's fine arts; essay on what caused the decline of the Roman empire; Foster's voyage to the South Pole with Cook (containing samples of New Zealand's music); essay on measuring a ship's way, 1780; voyage to the East Indies by Mr Grose, a glossary, 1750 (1780); notes of other voyages, passim, collected 1784; notes and animal drawings from Dampier's round-the-world voyage, collected 1781; extract of Dalrymple's collection of voyages in the South Pacific; extract of a Siberian trip in 1761; extract of a bibliography of a German colleague, 1786; editorial to the Scotsman concerning a recent execution; reviews of German science books; Madame du Bocage's travels through Holland & Italy; Voltaire on Charles XII; Buonaparte the Beast in Revelations; biographical rundown of characters in the Dutch wars (on back of reused accounting sheets); Voltaire on Louis XIV; notes on French history; Campbell on European settlements in America; bibliography of Sir Robert Sibbald, w/a view to a history of the Picts; Peter Kalm in North America, 1748-1749; Bergman on mineralogy; Precipitants for mineral waters; extract from Watson's chemical essays; John Elliot on mineral waters; list of Dr Mead's book sale, 1755; heroic poem from Renaissance Canaria; notes on Priestly; On heavy spar, 1775; Extract of Elliot's introduction to natural philosophy; Lord Chesterfield miscellany; essays on theology, 1774; Cicero on republics; materia medica; list of Scotticisms; story problem about insurance and politics; Cullen on cold and evaporation; Lavoisier on science; On the fine art of engraving; Beaumé on chemistry; notes on Scottish Lantana and botanic exoticisms and practical gardening; wills and testamentary documents for John Paterson and for Isobel Morison.

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