Sloane’s Library

Sloane collected manuscripts and books on a variety of subjects; the majority of the manuscripts were medical based. Nickson has made great headway in this area of study, deciphering Sloane’s catalogues in order to understand his systematic approach to documenting his library collection. She has also shed light on Sloane’s many assistants, or ‘hands’ who helped in shaping his manuscripts catalogue. Sloane had over 45,000 printed books (the majority of which are recorded in the Sloane Printed Books Catalogue); investigation into these is still ongoing.
Blakeway, Amy (2011) The Library Catalogues of Sir Hans Sloane: Their Authors, Organization and Functions. The British Library Journal, London.
Brown, Yu-Ying (1994) ‘Japanese Books and Manuscripts’ in Arthur, MacGregor. Sir Hans Sloane. Collector, Scientist, Antiquarian. Founding Father of the British Museum. The British Museum Press, London, pp.278-290.
Caygill, Marjorie (2012) ‘Sloane’s Catalogues and the arrangement of his collections’ in Alison Walker, Arthur MacGregor, Michael Hunter, From Books to Bezoars. Sir Hans Sloane and his Collections. The British Library, London, pp.120-136.
Goldfinch, John (2012) ‘Sloane’s Incunabula’ in Alison Walker, Arthur MacGregor, Michael Hunter, From Books to Bezoars. Sir Hans Sloane and his Collections. The British Library, London, pp.208-220.
Hunt, Arnold (2012) ‘Sloane as a Collector of Manuscripts’ in Alison Walker, Arthur MacGregor, Michael Hunter, From Books to Bezoars. Sir Hans Sloane and his Collections. The British Library, London, pp.190-207.
Nickson, M. A. E (1998) ‘Hans Sloane, Book Collector and Cataloguer, 1682-1698.’ The British Library Journal, 14:1, pp. 52–89.
Nickson, M.A.E (1994) ‘Books and Manuscripts’ in Arthur, MacGregor, Sir Hans Sloane. Collector, Scientist, Antiquarian. Founding Father of the British Museum. The British Museum Press, London, pp.263-277.
Scott, E.J.L., (1904) Index to the Sloane manuscripts in the British Museum. London.
Simpson, Julianne (2012) ‘From London to Toronto: a case-study of the dispersal of Sloane’s library’ in Alison Walker, Arthur MacGregor, Michael Hunter, From Books to Bezoars. Sir Hans Sloane and his Collections. The British Library, London, pp.221-226.
While Sloane was not considered a great collector of prints and drawings, he did collect many drawings as records to accompany his vast collection.
Griffiths, Anthony (1996) Landmarks in Print Collecting: Connoisseurs and Donors at the British Museum Since 1753. The British Museum Press, London.
Rowlands, John (1994) ‘Prints and Drawings’ in Arthur MacGregor, Sir Hans Sloane. Collector, Scientist, Antiquary Founding Father of the British Museum. The British Museum Press, London, pp.245-262.
Sloan, Kim (2012) ‘Sloane’s Pictures and drawings in frames and Books of miniature & painting, design, &c’ in Alison Walker, Arthur MacGregor, Michael Hunter, From Books to Bezoars. Sir Hans Sloane and his Collection. The British Library, London, pp.168-189.