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Loan to University Observatory

The Old DNB article on Josias Bodley (by W. D. Macray, published 1885) notes:
"In November 1613 he was in England. He had probably come over in the earlier part of the year for the purpose of attending the funeral of his brother Thomas on 29 March, to whose library he had given in 1601 an astronomical sphere (which is now, by loan from the library, preserved in the new observatory at Oxford) and some other brass instruments."

The sphere was presumably lent to the new University Observatory to give historical dignity to a new scientific institution. It may even have been used in teaching.

It may be mentioned in early annual reports of the Observatory, or possibly in Ada Pritchard's biography of Charles Pritchard (1897).

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