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date: 27 January 2020

Thompson, Henry Yateslocked

(b Dingle, nr Liverpool, Sept 15, 1838; d London, July 8, 1928).
  • Jacqueline Colliss Harvey

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(b Dingle, nr Liverpool, Sept 15, 1838; d London, July 8, 1928).

English collector. The son of a partner in a local banking firm, he inherited various books and manuscripts from his maternal grandfather, the antiquary Joseph Brooks Yates (1780–1855). He was educated at Harrow school and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he later became Sandars Reader in Bibliography (1901–4). Although called to the Bar in 1867 he never practised and spent the years 1868–73 travelling in Europe, Asia and the USA as secretary to John, 5th Earl Spencer. He began to form his collection in earnest in 1892, at first with the intention of limiting it to 100 of the finest examples of books and manuscripts. In 1897, however, he purchased almost en bloc those books known as the appendix to the library of Bertram, 4th Earl of Ashburnham, for £30,000, and in 1902 bought substantially from the John Ruskin Collection. Between 1898 and 1912 he printed illustrated catalogues of his collection, with descriptions by, among others, Sir ...

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Dictionary of National Biography, 63 vols and suppls (London, 1885–)