MS copy made by John Anderson, Glasgow College, 1 October 1760, of a catalogue of curisosities, 1703. Prefaced 'Copy of a small tattered book lent to me by the Reverend Mr. Peter Woodrow, Minister at Turbowtoun [ie Tarbolton], which he says i...
Woodrow, Robert, 1679-1734, ecclesiastical historian
'Piranesi F.''17' endorsed in bottom right corner.From Opere varie di Architettura (1750 and later), this plate appeared only in editions after 1760 (Wilton-Ely, John, Giovanni Battista Piranesi: the complete etchings (San Fran...
Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1726-1778, engraver and architect
Contains list of instruments in the physical apparatus room of Glasgow College; catalogue of tools and utensils; catalogue of apparatus for somatiology. Anderson had newly been appointed Professor of Natural Philosophy.
Lists room preparation and apparatus required for experiments in somatiology, electricity, magnetism, gravitation, mechanics, hydrostatics, pneumatics, optics and astronomy. The same notebook has been used to record notes on astronomy.
The volumes list the apparatus required for each experiment, which Anderson's laboratory assistant or 'operator' would be expected to set out for him. One volume (MS 30.4) has also been used for notes on astronomy.
This was likely to have been James Watt, the engineer and improver of the steam engine, who was instrument maker to the University and had premises within the College grounds from which he sold items of ironmongery.
The purpose of the tour was to collect fossils and other natural history artefacts. Includes a list of the clothing, equipment and provisions Anderson took on the journey, together with a list of his acquaintances in each place that he was to visit.
List of Anderson's own collection of fossils, over 800 specimens stored in various locations, including, when known, the localities where the fossils were found. Da Costa, from whom Anderson purchased fossils, presented him with a collection ...