Book List for the University of Virginia
This is the first page of an 1824 list of books to be purchased in London by Francis Walker Gilmer, the agent for the University of Virginia then in England hiring faculty members. The books listed here include eighteenth-century volumes on the early settlement of Virginia, works of poetry, Greek and Roman histories, and assorted other topics. These include Debrett's Peerage, a guide to the titled families in Britain, and a book about tennis written "by a member of the club." This list was sent to an antiquarian bookseller named Cuthill, who operated in the Holborn section of London. In a subsequent page, Gilmer specified that he would like the lowest price possible for each title, and that unbound books should "be delivered half bound in calf."
Citation: University of Virginia. List of Books to be purchased in London for the University of Virginia, 1824. RG-1/3/4.802. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.