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Thomas, Sir Henryfree

Thomas, Sir Henryfree

Kt, 1946; FBA 1936; FSA; DLitt, Hon. LLD (Birm.), DLit (Lond.)

Born Eynsham, Oxon, 21 Nov. 1878; 2nd s of late Alfred Charles Thomas of Birmingham and Coventry; died 21 July 1952

Principal Keeper of Printed Books, Br. Museum, 1946–47; Keeper, 1943–45; Dep. Keeper, 1924–43

Education

King Edward’s School, Aston, Birmingham; University of Birmingham. Research scholar in Classics; Constance Naden Gold Medallist; Associate of Mason Univ. College

Career

Norman MacColl Lecturer, Cambridge, 1916; Taylorian Lecturer, Oxford, 1922; Corr. or Hon. Member of Spanish, Portuguese, and American Academies, etc.; Hon. For. Corr. Member, Grolier Club, New York; President Anglo-Spanish Soc., 1931–47; Pres. Bibliographical Soc., 1936–38; Vice-Pres.: Library Assoc., 1948; Hispanic and Lusco-Brazilian Councils; Hon. Councillor, Spanish Higher Council for Scientific Research; Trustee National Central Library

Publications

Dos Romances Anónimos del Siglo XVI, Madrid, 1917; Spanish and Portuguese Romances of Chivalry, 1920 (awarded Bonsoms prize and gold medal, Institut d’Estudis Catalans, 1921); Short-title Catalogue of Spanish Books printed before 1601 now in the British Museum, 1921; of Portuguese and Spanish-American Books, 1926; of Portuguese Books, 1940; and of Spanish-American Books, 1944; Shakespeare and Spain, 1922; Spanish Sixteenth-Century Printing, 1926; Andrés Brun, Calligrapher of Saragossa (with Stanley Morison), 1929; Monster and Miracle, 1935; The Discovery of Abyssinia by the Portuguese in 1520 (with Dr A. Cortesāo), 1938; Early Spanish Book-bindings, 1939, Anti-English Propaganda in the time of Queen Elizabeth, 1946; Shakespeare in Spain (Br Acad. annual Shakespeare lecture), 1949, and other works; verse trans, of La Estrella de Sevilla, 1935, 2nd edn 1950, and of J. E. Hartzenbusch’s Los Amantes de Teruel, 1938, 2nd edn 1950; edited La Estrella de Sevilla, 1923, 2nd ed. 1930; British Museum Catalogue of French Books (1470–1600), 1924; Early Spanish Ballads in the British Museum, 1927; Thirteen Spanish Ballads, 1931; Coplas de Ambrosio Montesino, 1936; Coplas del Comendador Román, 1936; Carta das novas do descobrimento do Preste Joāo (with A. Cortesāo), Lisboa, 1938; Guevara’s Praise of the Countrie Life, 1938; G. Sulpizio’s Doctrina mensae, with Eng. trans., 1949; contributions to reviews, etc

Addresses

Lancaster Lodge, Bolingbroke Grove, SW11

Arden, Manor Rd North, Edgbaston, Birmingham 16

Edgbaston 3269