Collection Cooper MSS - Basil Henry Cooper Collection

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Cooper MSS


Basil Henry Cooper Collection


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3 notebooks

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British orientalist and Congregationalist minister; he was born at Cookham, Berkshire 29 June 1819, son of Basil Henry C., a solicitor, and his wife Harriet; he was educated at Highbury College, 1840-3 and the University of London,BA; he served as a minister in West Bromwich, 1843-52, London, 1853-64, Paris, 1865, and Torquay, 1867-8; he was a Foundation member of the Soc. of Biblical Archaeology; FRSL, 1878; he was very interested in Egyptology and a correspondent of Edward Hincks; he published articles on the Exodus, the antiquity of metal-working in Egypt and on Mariette's discoveries; he acted as reporter for The Times at the Congress of Orientalists in 1874; he died at Cane Hill Asylum, Purley, Surrey, 5 May 1891.

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Given to University College London by his daughter Miss S. H. Cooper in 1911.

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Donated to the Griffith Institute in the early 1980s.

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Three notebooks.

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