Hand, J. T.
Biographical dates - Period of existence1834-1837
Other InformationFloruit. Probably Joseph Thomas [the dates given here represent the range of dates given in inscriptions in Bodleian incunabula formerly owned by him]; referred to in Munby, Phillipps Studies, IV 205: Hand gave five manuscripts (MSS. 20582-6) to Sir Thomas Phillipps; see M. B. Parkes, The Medieval Manuscripts of Keble College, Oxford (London, 1979), 320, no. 78 on Joseph Thomas Hand, with inscription dated 1841; Hand also owned several books now in the BL, including IB.1609, `Legenda sanctorum regni Hungarie', signed `Hand 1834'; the incunabula owned by Hand, and now in the Bodleian, usually bear his signature and a date on the recto of the front endleaf; three books, B-093, H-016, and N-103, also contain an armorial book-plate (argent a chevron azure between three sinister hands appaumé couped at the wrist and erect gules, surmounted by the crest of a stag trippant proper over a torse, and with the inscription `J. T. Hand' below): Robert Noel (Lancaster Herald, College of Arms, London) has reported that this coat of arms did not belong to J. T. Hand; James Willoughby (St Peter's College, Oxford) has noted that the Maynard family of Easton Lodge, Essex, bore arms matching this description; Bernard Burke, The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales (London, 1883), 451 records the coat of arms as above, except that he describes the three hands as `dexter'; for the crest see Fairbairn's Book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th edn, rev. (London, 1905), vol. 1, 256, and illustrated in vol. 2, pl. 117, no. 8; a fourteenth-century Italian manuscript, containing various works of Augustine, and with the book-plate of `I. T. Hand', was sold at Sotheby's in 1960: see Catalogue of Fine Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures (London: Sotheby's, 11 July 1960), lot 150; for Hand's sale see Catalogue of a Valuable Collection of Books, the Property of a Gentleman London: S. Leigh Sotheby, 10  May 1837); bill from S. Leigh Sotheby's, 15 Nov. 1837, for 102 lots, nearly all incunabula, amounting to £27. 17. 6: Library Bills (1837/8) no. 30; a few of these items were later discarded as duplicates; another suggested candidate is Revd James Thomas Hand (d.3 Dec. 1834), of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and Ousden Hall, Suffolk; James Thomas Hand died without issue and devised the manor to his nephew and heir, Thomas James Ireland; see Gentleman's Magazine (Feb. 1835), 217; also Venn pt 2, III 223 (ex informatione Thomas Woodcock, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms). David Rogers also suggested Revd John T. Hand, Rector of Handsworth, near Sheffield.
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