Davis, Joseph Bernard, “collection” (MS 436)

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Notebooks, letters and papers mostly dealing with Crania Britannica, and a report on Australian Aborigines. 1853-1900

Various papers. Various sizes

Handwritten and printed. Handwritten unless stated otherwise

These papers belonging to J.B. Davis were presented to the RAI subsequent to MS 140-52, which see, and may contain complementary and overlapping information. Additionally papers MS 437 were presented at the same time in the same box

/1 Notebook. 130 pp. 15.5 x 10 cm. Bound in green cloth. Text pp. 1-113 to be read from front to back, and pp. 115-30 to be read from back to front

Contents :

pp. 2-3, 8, 18-9, 22, 27-30, 32-6, 38-56, 59-68, 70-102, 107-9, 111-3, 117-9, 129-30 blank

p. 1

Ask for photos of Asculapius

p. 4


pp. 5-7

Asculapian gems

pp. 9-10

Escul. with Roman inscriptors in Etruscan finds

p. 11


p. 12

Votive offerings

pp. 13-14

Altar to Asculapius at Chester

p. 15

The serpent worshipped

pp. 16-17

[Bibliographical references]

p. 20


p. 21


p. 23


p. 24


pp. 25-6


p. 31


p. 37


pp. 57-8

Books to be consulted

p. 69

British Museum

pp. 103-6

List of illustrations to be prepared

p. 110


pp. 114-16

Robinson’s journal

pp. 120-8

Collections and references respecting the Tasmanians, May 18, 1867

/2 Notebook. 96 pp. 22.5 x 18 cm. Bound in card boards. Text pp. 1-75 to be read from front to back, and pp. 77-96 to be read from back to front

Contents :

pp. 3, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64, 66-72, 74, 77-80, 95


Inside front cover

To be visited

p. 1

Examine the Saxon Chronicle etc. and On skull-forms…

p. 2

Barrow which might be opened

p. 4

Distinction between nation and tribe

pp. 5-64

[Early inhabitants of the British Isles listed by County]

p. 65

Ancient Irish

p. 73

Anglo Saxons

p. 75

[Modes of burial)

p. 76

Chronological arrangement of the skulls

p. 81

Concluding chapter

p. 82

Chapter VIII

pp. 83-5


p. 86

Notes for inspection and Skulls of bronze period

p. 87


pp. 87-8


p. 89

Chapter VII

p. 90

Chapter VIII-IX

p. 91

Chapter VII

p. 92

Indications for the ensuing chapters, chapter VI

p. 93

[Notes on Owen’s methods]

p. 94


p. 96

The eastern parts of the Island

inside back cover

[German quotations]

Insertion: p. 83a Saw early that there was a rational philosophy in craniology… 6 x 13 cm. [Filed at p.83]

/3 Notebook. 72 pp. 23 x 19 cm. Bound in marbled card. Text pp. 1-43 to be read from front to back, and pp. 44-72 to be read from back to front. [The insertions catalogued at the end of MS 436/3 have been removed from the notebook and filed separately. Each insert bears the number of the page to which it was attached in the text]

Contents :


Inside front cover

[Quotations on early Britons]

pp. 5-6

Color of hair of Britons, etc

pp. 7-8

Subjects which might be introduced

p. 9


p. 10

Language of Britain

p. 11

Flint arrows, stone axes etc

p. 12

Validity of craniology

p. 13

Cremation of urn burial

p. 14

Long skull questions

p. 15

Craniology of no value

pp. 16-17


p. 18

[Human remains in Ireland]

p. 19

Insects found in barrows

p. 20


p. 21

Dwellings of the Britons

p. 22

Food of Britons

pp. 22-43

[Contents of tumuli]

p. 24

Roman soldiers’ wives

p. 25

Barrows and tumuli

pp. 26-8


p. 29

Position of the head

p. 30

Stuart’s sculp. Stones

p. 31

Estimate of philology

pp. 32-3


pp. 34-6

Human sacrifices

pp. 37-8

[Notes on Lytton speech]

pp. 39-40


p. 41

Difficult races in the British Islands

p. 42

Date for my Celtic hypothesis

p. 43

Indo European theory

pp. 44-7

Historical illusions

p. 48

Chronological table of skulls

pp. 49-50

A chapter on distribution… of the population

pp. 51-4

Deductions from the physical remains and ethnological inquiries

p. 55

Celtic languages or dialects

p. 56

Comparison of skulls…

p. 57


p. 58


pp. 59-72

Subjects for consideration in general dissertation on ancient Britons

Inside back cover



p. 7a As these Islands have been the birth place of a people… 1 p. 20 x 12.5 cm

p. 18a What Julius Caesar says respecting the physiological peculiarities… 1 envelope. 13.5 x 8 cm

p. 37a Sir E. Bulwer Lytton at Leeds. 1 newspaper cutting. 50 x 7 cm. Printed

p. 41a Fernlily seems to require one uniform race… 1 p. 17 x 13 cm

p. 44a The brach are the true abs. of Br. and Hib. 1 p. 22 x 9 cm

p. 47a Wroxeter excavations. 1 newspaper cutting, about June 22, 1859. 1 p. 12 x 10.5 cm. Printed

p. 48a Will Mr Davis ascertain for R. Garness FRS … 1 p. 11.5 x 18.5 cm

p. 48b [Note on] colour of hair and eyes of Welsh … and A resume of opinions … 2 pp. 18 x 11.5 cm. Written on an unfinished letter dated June 19, 1852

p. 48c This difference of form between male and female skull. 2 pp. 18 x 11 cm

p. 52a In Ireland the imperfect grafting of colonization is easily perceived … 2 pp. 18 x 11.5 cm

p. 52b That man was made in Britain and for the British Islands … 1 p. 18.5 x 11.5 cm

p. 54a Extract from a letter to the Archbishop of Dublin from Thomas Arnold, D.D., 22 March 1835. 4 pp. 22.5 x 18.5 cm

p. 58a The skull gradually consolidated into one bone. 2 pp. 17.5 x 11 cm

p. 64a ?Cotrohacies? 1 slip. 7 x 13 cm

p. 72a Method of invoking the … c/- an hypothesis of development. 1 slip. 10 x 9 cm

p. 72b As one result of our investigation … 1p. 17.5 x 11 cm

p. 72c Notes on the preparation of crania in hot climates and chiefly applicable to India. 4 leaves. 22.5 x 18.5 cm

/4 Letter to Sir from J. Barnard Davis, 1854 – proposal for issuing by private subscription the Crania Britannica; dedicated to the Queen and sanctioned by learned societies; supported by the late Dr Prichard and by Dr Hodgkin; similar to Professor Morton’s Crania Americana; hopes to add to list of subscribers. 3 pp. 18.5 x 11.5 cm

.1 Another copy of MS 436/4

/5 Letter to J.B. Davis from Llewellynn Jewitt, [nd] – requests portrait of J.B. Davis to augment Crania Britannica; proposes a subscription be opened to obtain the portrait; asks for the approval of J.B. Davis and the completion of an agreement form; subscriptions to be sent to L.M. Jewitt; subscribers to receive portrait at actual price and suggests raising the price to trade. 4 pp. 21 x 13 cm

/6 Letter to Sir from Llewellynn Jewitt, 186? – reminder of letter requesting a subscription to the portrait of Dr J. Barnard Davis; requests number of copies required; encloses another copy of the circular. 3 pp. 19 x 12 cm

.1 Another copy of MS 436/6

/7 In my last edition on nerves … 1 p. 22.5 x 14.5 cm. [This accompanies MS 436/8]

/8 [Anatomical drawing of the nerve supply to the organs of the neck and chest]; by B.S. Bradshaw. London, Parsons & Davies, [nd]. 1 drawing in colour. 25.5 x 33 cm. Printed. [This accompanies the notes MS 436/7]

/9 Report of the Select Committee of the Legislative Council on the Aborigines; together with the proceedings of Committee minutes of evidence, and appendices. At head of title: Victoria, 1858-9. Melbourne, John Ferres, Government Printer, 3 Feb. 1859. viii, 105 pp., [missing pp.29-32, 49-52, 89-104]. 33.5 x 21.5 cm. Printed. Manuscript annotations on back cover

/10 Hints for collecting and preserving the bones of ancient skulls. [London, Gentleman’s Magazine, October 1853]. 2 pp. 20.5 x 13 cm. Printed. Manuscript annocation at head of p.1 – printed with an introductory note to the Editor in the Gentleman’s Magazine for October, 1853, Vol.XI, N.S., p.386

/11 Hints for collecting and preserving bones of ancient skulls. London, Taylor and Francis, [nd]. 2 pp., illus. 21.5 x 14 cm. Printed

/12 Crania Celtica; or, delineations of the skulls of the aboriginal inhabitants of the British Islands; by Joseph Barnard Davis: proposals for publishing… London, Richard Taylor printer, [nd]. 3 pp. 20.5 x 12.5 cm. Printed

/13 Crania Britannica; or, delineations of the skulls of the aboriginal inhabitants of the British Islands, and of the races immediately succeeding them; together with notices of their other remains; by Joseph Barnard Davis and John Thurman: proposals for publishing… London, Taylor and Francis, [nd]. 4 pp. 20.5 x 13 cm. Printed. List of subscribers p.4

/14 Ibid. [Increased] list of subscribers p.4.

/15 Ibid. [Increased] present subscribers p.4.

/16 Ibid. [Increased] present subscribers p.4.

/17 Ibid. [Increased] present subscribers p.4.

/18 Ibid. [Increased] present subscribers.p.4

/19 Ibid. [Increased] present subscribers p.4.

/20 Ibid. [Increased] present subscribers. Pp. 3-4

/21 Ibid. [Increased] present subscribers pp. 3-4

/22 Ibid. [Increased] present subscribers pp.3-4

/23 Ibid. [Increased] present subscribers pp.3-4

/24 Letter to subscribers from J. Barnard David, [nd] – reports progress on publication of Crania Britannica; requests address in London for forwarding, otherwise to be sent by Railway; to publish 25 copies of plates at £1.15s.; offers choice of large-paper proof copy. 2 pp. 20 x 13 cm. Printed

/25 Crania Britannica: delineations and descriptions of the skulls of the aboriginal and early inhabitants of the British Islands; together with notices of their other remains; by Joseph Barnard Davis and John Thurman. At head of title: prospectus of an important national work, illustrative of the ethnology of Great Britain and Ireland; of which the First Decade has been issued. [np, nd]. 4 pp. 26 x 20 cm. Printed

/26 Ibid. At head of title: Ibid … of which the First and Second Decades have been issued. [np, nd]. 4 pp. 25.5 x 19.5 cm. Printed

.1 Another copy of MS 436/26

/27 Announcement to librarians and students of the science of language: Messrs. Ginn & Company beg to announce that they are about to undertake the publication of a Grammar of the Innuit language… Boston, Ginn & Company, 1900. 4 pp. 25.5 x 18.5 cm. Printed

/28 Now ready, the first two numbers of the new quarterly scientific journal, entitled the Anthropological Review, and Journal of the Anthropological Society of London. London, Trübner & Co., [nd]. 2 pp. 20.5 x 13 cm. Printed

/29 A few ethnological queries, to serve as a guide in collecting information respecting the inhabitants of the British Islands. London, Taylor and Francis, 1861. 3 pp. 18.5 x 12 cm. Printed. Printed for private distribution only, by Mr J. Barnard Davis …. [reporting progress of Crania Britannica]

/30 Huxley Memorial: report and final donation list; by Avebury and G.B. Howes. London, Platrier, Printer, 13 Nov. 1900. 7 pp. 33.5 x 21 cm. Printed

/31 [No title]. ‘Among a series of Italian skulls which I owe to the generous exertions of Dr. Giustiniano Nicolucci…’. [np, nd]. pp. 33-7. 28.5 x 21 cm. Printed. Proof reading annotations

/32 Table of measurements [of skulls], Australian, Ohivahoan, Kanaka. [np, nd]. 1 table. 21 x 28 cm. Printed

/33 [Australian aboriginal] portraits and skulls; by Ludwig Becker. Melbourne, Crown Lands Office, [nd]. 1 plate. 30.5 x 20 cm. Printed

/34 La fatigue intellectuelle par A. Binet et V. Henri: dernières publications. Paris, Librairie G. Reinwald, Schleicher Freres, [nd]. 4 pp. 25 x 16 cm. Printed

/35 List of contents of the late newspaper Kosmopolan of the years 1891-1897 inclusive. Sydney, McCarron, Stewart & Co., 1898. 12 pp. 31.5 x 24 cm. Printed

/36 1 hand carved print block of scrolled decoration on wood. 15 x 5 cm

/37 1 hand carved print block of scrolled decoration on wood. 16 x 7 cm