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Word Origin and History for harleian


1744, from Latinized form of surname of Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford (1661-1724) and his son Edward, in reference to the library of books and MSS they collected and sold in 1753 to the British Museum.

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Historical Examples

  • From the broadside printed in The Harleian Miscellany, x, 198.

    Shakespearean Playhouses

    Joseph Quincy Adams

  • These volumes, known as the “Harleian Collection,” were published in 1745 and 1746.

    London in 1731

    Don Manoel Gonzales

  • It was from the Harleian Library, and was purchased from Osborne in 1746 for 15s.

    Prices of Books

    Henry B. Wheatley

  • The second appears in the figures of the Harleian Roll, Y. 6, (woodcut 32).

  • This poem is preserved anonymously in Harleian MS. 6917, foll.