Humphrey Ditton 1675-1714
Humphrey DITTON 1675-1714
Born at Salisbury, son of Humphrey Ditton, gentleman and nonconformist. He was briefly a nonconformist minister before becoming mathematics master at the Mathematical School at Christ’s Hospital. He published a number of mathematical and theological works, including an (unsuccessful) New method for the discovery of longitude at sea (1714).
Ditton's library was auctioned in London, 9.3.1715. The sale catalogue contains 296 lots, subdivided only by format and not by subject or language; it included books in English, Latin and French, on a wide range of subject, with many titles relating to mathematics. There is a note at the end of the catalogue requesting that "any person having borrow'd books of Mr. Ditton, is desir'd to bring 'em to his widow in Christ's Hospital".
None of Ditton's books have been identified.
- Alston, R. C. Inventory of sale catalogues 1676-1800. St Philip, 2010.
- A catalogue of the library of Mr. Humphrey Ditton, [London, 1715], ESTC t222452.
- Flood, Raymond. "Ditton, Humphry [Humphrey] (1675–1714), mathematician." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.