Joshua Palmer d.1708

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Joshua PALMER d.1708

Biographical Note

Born in Leicestershire, son of Archdale Palmer, High Sheriff of Leicestershire. Matriculated at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge 1675; moved to the University of Leiden, where he graduated MD in 1683. Licenciate of the Royal College of Physicians 1683; apparently spent the rest of his life practising medicine in London.


Palmer’s will, concerned primarily with the disposal of property and money, has not mention of books; the residue of his estate and household goods went to his wife. His library was sold by auction in London by Thomas Ballard, beginning 11 April 1709. The sale catalogue includes 819 lots, divided between Latin and Greek (466), French and other continental languages (79), and English books (274).

Characteristic Markings

None of Palmer’s books have been identified.


  • Hooke, Jacob. Bibliotheca Palmereana, 1708 (ESTC t10274).
  • Munk, W. The roll of the Royal College of Physicians of London. 2nd edn. London, 1878.
  • Venn, J. & J. A. Alumni Cantabrigienses. Cambridge, 1922.