MC:F4 Papers of William Reeks (Fellow 1671-5)
When and how the notebook came to the archives is unknown. William Reeks was a Fellow of Magdalen College from 1671-75. He matriculated at St. Edmund Hall 1666, obtained a B.A. 1670, an M.A. 1673 and a Demyship at Magdalen in 1667. Reeks died in College of smallpox, 27 May 1675.
Catalogued January 2005
27 folio notebook entitled ådipus Magdalensis, giving a symbolical account of the statues erected around the Cloister quadrangle (often called the “hieroglyphics”) in the first year of Henry VIII.
Fols. 1-2: a dedication to the president, Henry Clerke (1672-87).
Fols. 3-10: essay entitled ‘De Hieroglyphicis in genere’ concerning statuary in general
Fols 10v-27v: essay entitled ‘ådipus Magdalensis’ concerning statuary in the Cloister quadrangle.
There is a foliation error: f.7 goes straight to f.8v, then on to f.9 as normal.