Tradescant 1656 by Elias Ashmole

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John Tradescant the Younger, 1656

Tradescant 1656 by Elias Ashmole
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  15536
TitleTitel of the book. Musaeum Tradescantianum, or a collection of rarities preserved at South-Lambeth neer London
AuthorAuthor of the document. John Tradescant the Younger
Printer or PublisherPrinter or Publisher of the publication. 
Publication dateDate when the publication was issued: day - month - year . 1656
InstitutionName of Institution. Oxford, Bodleian Library
InventoryInventory number. MS Ashmole 1007
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution.
AnnotatorName of Person who annotated. Elias Ashmole
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation.
LiteratureReference to literature. Tradescant 16561, Burnett 2020b, pp. 449 n. 562, 450-12
External LinkLink to external information, e.g. Wikpedia 
KeywordNumismatic Keywords 
Grand documentOriginal passage from the "Grand document".

'Ashmole was much involved in the publication: in his preface ‘To the Ingenious Reader’, Tradescant says that he worked ‘with the assistance of two worthy friends.’ Ashmole’s own interleaved copy of the book identifies them with the annotation ‘D:r Wharton & Elias Ashmole Esqre’. The numismatic section—alone in his copy—has a number of corrections and annotations, which both indicate his interest and support the idea that he was the author of this part.' (Burnett 2020b, p. 449 n. 562)

'In his copy of the book (see above), Ashmole marked the Scipio and the Cicero with an X. This mark is used for a few other gold coins and several of the Jewish and Greek silver coins: could it indicate that he thought they were also forgeries? Caracalla, Elagabalus and Maesa are the only Roman coins marked in this way. An alternative explanation might be that Ashmole thought that these listings needed some modification, whether as forgeries or just as corrections? But the Nero coin (see below) was not marked in this way.' (Burnett 2020b, p. 450 n. 564)

'The longest correction concerns the coin originally listed in the book as ‘Nero Claud: Drusus Germanicus’. This has been crossed out, and opposite it Ashmole has correctly written:
AGRIPPINAE AVGVSTAE. vide Occo p: 118. This must needes be Nero, & not Nero Drusus the husband of Antonia, for he /// used CAESAR, but IMP upon his Coyne, vide Occ: 118.' (Burnett 2020b, p. 451)


  1. ^  Tradescant, John (1656) Musaeum Tradescantianum, or a collection of rarities preserved at South-Lambeth neer London, London.
  2. ^  Burnett, Andrew M. (2020), The Hidden Treasures of this Happy Land. A History of Numismatics in Britain from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, BNS Special Publ. No 14 = RNS Special Publ. No 58, London, Spink & Son.