Hannibal Gamon 1582-1651

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Hannibal GAMON 1582-1651

Gamon's inscription, from Dionysius Cisterciensis, Acutissimi et q[uam] maxime succincte, 1511, Lanhydrock House

Biographical Note

Born in London, the son of a goldsmith. BA Broadgates Hall, Oxford 1606, MA 1607; apparently based in Oxford thereafter until appointed Rector of St Mawgan, Cornwall in 1619, where he spent the rest of his life. He was nominated as a Cornish representative to the Westminster Assembly of Divines in 1642, but never attended.


ca.350 vols identifiably owned by Gamon survive in the library of Lanhydrock House, Cornwall; this appears to be the nucleus of a collection which was originally appreciably larger. Most were acquired during his Oxford career, before moving to Cornwall, though he also absorbed the smaller collection of Thomas Peter (d.1618), his predecessor at St Mawgan. Strong in controversial theology, patristics, civil and ecclesiastical history, law and classics; the holdings, and Gamon’s annotations, suggest a theological standpoint typical of moderate Anglican Calvinism of the early 17th century. After his death, most of his books appear to have passed to Walter Snell (d.1677) and thence to the Lanhydrock library. Examples: many at Lanhydrock.

Characteristic Markings

Gamon typically inscribed titlepages with his name and the motto “Tandem D. O. M.” He regularly annotated his books, sometimes extensively.