Henry Stanley d.1671

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Henry STANLEY d.1671

Armorial stamp of Henry Stanley (British Armorial Bindings)

Biographical Note

Son of Henry Stanley of Chichester, gentleman. BA New College, Oxford 1630, fellow and MA 1634, MD from the University of Padua 1637. Practised as a physician in London, fellow of the College of Physicians 1649.


A number of books with Stanley's armorial stamps survive. His library was sold by retail sale in London, 12.2.1723. The sale catalogue contains 2040 lots, divided between Latin history (104 lots), Latin and Greek miscellaneous (191), Latin classics and lexicography (192), Latin theology (86), medicine and natural history (257), French books (147), Italian and Spanish (156), English history (370), English miscellaneous (163), English theology (117), trade and husbandry (67), and "Libri omissi" (190). Examples: Durham University Library Bamburgh P.II.78; Bodleian Library B.6.4-5 Art; Trinity College, Cambridge U.1.40.

Characteristic Markings

The Armorials Database records 4 tools used by Stanley, a coat of arms and 3 crest tools. He commonly inscribed his books with his name, date and place of acquisition, and details of the prices paid both for the book and its binding.


  • British Armorial Bindings.
  • Alston, R. C. Inventory of sale catalogues 1676-1800. St Philip, 2010.
  • Catalogus bibliothecae viri eruditissimi Hen. Stanley, [London, 1723], ESTC t14277.
  • Foster, J., Alumni Oxonienses, Oxford, 1891.
  • Munk, W. The roll of the Royal College of Physicians of London. 2nd edn. London, 1878. I, 247-8.