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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 G/PP2/22
SHARP, Samuel (? 1700-1778)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume


Name of creator(s)

Sharp, Samuel, ?1700-1778, surgeon

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, Jamaica, about 1700; apprentice to William Cheselden, surgeon at St Thomas's Hospital, 1724-1731; spent part of his apprenticeship in France, met Voltaire, and acquired a knowledge of French surgery; freeman of the Barber-Surgeons' Company, 1731; admitted to the Barber-Surgeons' Company, 1732; Surgeon, Guy's Hospital, 1733-1757; assisted Cheselden with his Osteographia , published 1733; acquired an extensive medical practice; resigned his course of anatomical lectures to William Hunter, 1746; Fellow, Royal Society of London, 1749; member, Paris Royal Society, 1749; continued to practise until 1765; toured Italy, 1765; died, 1778. Publications include: A Treatise on the Operations of Surgery, with a description and representation of the instruments used in performing them, to which is prefix'd an introduction on the nature and treatment of wounds, abscesses and ulcers (London, 1739); A Critical Enquiry into the present state of Surgery (London, 1750); Letters from Italy, describing the customs and manners of that country, in the years 1765, and 1766. To which is annexed, an Admonition to gentlemen who pass the Alps, in their tour through Italy (printed by R Cave; sold by W Nicol, London, 1766).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from Guy's Hospital Medical School Library in 2002.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Manuscript of Samuel Sharp's 'Treatise on the Operations of Surgery, with a Description and Representation of the Instruments used in performing them', [1739].

System of arrangement

1 volume

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive and Corporate Record Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Detailed catalogue is available in the reading room of the College Archives.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Dictionary of National Biography CD-ROM (Oxford University Press, 1995); British Library Public Catalogue On-line; D T Bird (London, 1984); 'List of Books by Guy's Men in the Wills Library, Guy's Hospital' William Wale, in Guy's Hospital Reports Vol LXVII. Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

October 2001; revised January 2003

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  • Higher science education
  • Medical education
  • Medical personnel
  • Medical profession
  • Medical sciences
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Physicians
  • Surgeons
  • Surgery

Personal names

  • Sharp, Samuel, ? 1700-1778, Surgeon

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives

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