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  • Title
    The Diary of a Resurrectionist
  • Reference
    MS0024
  • Level of description
    fonds
  • Date
    November 1811- December 1812 (February 1899)
  • Creator
  • Scope and Content
    This collection contains the "Diary of a Resurrectionist", and notes on the places and activities described in the diary.
  • Extent
    2 volumes
  • Physical description
    Very fragile.
  • Language
    English
  • System of arrangement
    As described in the Scope and Content.
  • Conditions governing access
    Due to the fragile nature of the original diary researchers are now only permitted to view an electronic copy in the reading room at the College.
  • Conditions governing reproduction
    No photocopying permitted
  • Admin./ biographical history
    The author of the diary, probably Joseph Naples, was a resurrectionist supplying bodies to anatomy teachers, and was active from 1811 until 1832. The 1832 Anatomy Act made him redundant and he went to work in the Dissecting Room at St Thomas' Hospital.Isabella M. Holmes wrote a book called "The London Burial Grounds" which James Blake Bailey referred to when he published a book about the diary. The text of the diary, along with a commentary, was published by James Blake Bailey in 1896.
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