Robert Clavell’s bill, dated 28 June 1687, for supplying over 150 volumes to Hugh Hodges [Sherborne School Governor from 1669 and Steward c.1670-1687]. The bill amounted to £95.16s.7d. At the foot of the bill is a note from Clavell:

‘Sir, I have here sent the prices of all the books & all the books sent, except the Pliney Nattural Hist delph: in 5 voll in 4 o. I was mentioning to you in my last that I have severall books to come to my hands that are wanting, I shall wayte your commands about them, and the longer time you give will be so much the better, as to ye prices of these books I have priced them very just & at their lowest prices, the books markt wh. paper & figured on ye back were such as were bought in ye Auchin, the little note of them I mentioned to send being among my papers. Sir, you may perceave by ye enclosed how ye world goes the Church of England left I suppose you carryed [downe?] wh. you, I was told that ther was onely two Bishops at ye consecration of ye Bishop of St Davids which [the?] Garet mentioneth [Thomas Watson (1637-1717) was consecrated Bishop of St David’s in 1687], there could be no less, & neaver was ye the [lilte?] I believe, my humble regards to yourselfe & Mr Curgenven, [rely?] Sir, your faythfull servant, Robt. Clavell.’


Further information:
Peter Currie, ‘Reflections on a bookseller’s bill of 1687’, Antiquarian Book Monthly Review (June 1987)
Sherborne School Rare Book Collection


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