MC:F1 Papers of John Dunster (Fellow 1601-12)
This notebook was given to the library by Dr. Loveday in February 1949. John Dunster was a fellow of Magdalen College from 1601–1612. He matriculated from Magdalen in 1595. He obtained a Demyship in 1597, a BA in 1600, an MA in 1604-5. He became Junior Proctor 1611, Praelector in Greek 1604, 1605 and Senior Dean of Arts 1611. Dunster was the Chaplain to Archbishop Abbot and Anthony Wood claims that Abbot promoted Dunster to a Benifece around the time Dunster resigned resigned his fellowship (1612). Dunster’s notebook is a rare example of a fellow’s actual scholarship and work.
Catalogued in January 2005.
Undated notebook of John Dunster containing 18 folios. The notebook appears to be a demonstration of the quality of Dunster’s Latin and learning.
- Fol.2: painting of fictional shield of Augustus Caesar. Shield is in blue and red and depicts an anchor and a dolphin. Below the illustration is a poem about the shield and its connection to Augustus.
- Fols 4-5v: Preface in Latin praising the President, Nicholas Bonde (1590-1608) in which Dunster explains that he is providing the president with a breviary of all that is good in Seutonius’s Life of Augustus Caesar. Dunster additionally praises Suetonius at the expense of Tacitus.
- Fols 7-16: An essay containing extracts borrowed from Suetonius’s Life of Augustus Caesar with marginal notes containing comments on Suetonius’s work, extra information and quotes from other sources such as Velleius Paterculus.
- Fols 16-18: A chronology of the reign of Augustus perhaps borrowed from Jerome.
MC:F1/MS1/2 18 Feb 1949
Letter from Dr. Loveday to Charles Onions (then Fellow Librarian) dated 18 February 1949 explaining how the notebook came into Loveday’s possession.