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Society for the History of Natural History


Naturalists’ Libraries: 350th Anniversary of John Goodyer (1592–1664), 17th-century botanist

Naturalists’ Libraries: 350th Anniversary of John Goodyer (1592–1664), 17th-century botanist

July 19, 2014 09:30am - 05:00pm

SHNH Spring Meeting, SGM & AGM

Magdalen College, Oxford University, Oxford

This one day meeting is in celebration of 350 years since the death of John Goodyer (1592–1664), the 17th-century botanist who added many plants to the British flora. He clarified the four principal types of British elm tree and introduced the Jerusalem Artichoke to English gardens and cookery. He produced translations of Theophrastus and Dioscorides and, together with Thomas Johnson (d.1644), revised ‘Gerard’s Herbal’ (1633). He left his extensive collection of books, manuscripts and notes to Magdalen College, Oxford.

Goodyer is commemorated in a genus of European orchids named by Robert Brown in his honour, by a memorial window in Buriton church, where he is buried, and through a dedication in the second Flora of Hampshire (1996).

Talks will focus on the libraries of John Goodyer, John Nidd, Phillip Miller, and Richard Richardson. Speakers include: Liam Dolan, John Edgington, Chris Preston, and Bill Noblett.

The Society’s Special General Meeting and AGM will take place in the afternoon. A display of books from Goodyer’s Library is anticipated, together with a visit to the University Botanic Garden nearby. To register, please return the registration form to Gina Douglas, Meetings Secretary.


  • Liam Dolan, John Goodyer
  • Chris Preston, John Nidd’s Library & the preparation of the “Cambridge Catalogue
  • John Edgington, The natural history library of Dr Richard Richardson
  • Bill Noblett,The 1774 sale of Phillip Miller’s Library in the context of the London Book Trade

Outline Programme

09.30 – 10.00 Registration
10.00 – 12.30 Morning session and refreshments
12.40 – 14.00 Lunch break
14.00 – 14.35 Afternoon session – including visit to the Old Library
14.40 – 15.10 SHNH Special General meeting and AGM (details will be in SGM/AGM papers to be circulated nearer the date)
15.15  – 16.00Final session & refreshments
16.00 Visit to Oxford Botanic Garden
18.00 Conference dinner