Skip to content

Please be aware that some material may contain words, descriptions or illustrations which will not reflect current scientific understanding and may be considered in today's context inaccurate, unethical, offensive or distressing.

Register Book Original of the Royal Society

Reference number: RBO

Date: 1661-1739

Description

The register books contain copies of scientific papers submitted to the Society - the original documents may be found in the Classified Papers. The papers were transcribed in the register books in order to establish their precedence for a particular discovery or idea. Therefore not all communications to the Society were registered in this manner, but only those judged to contain some significant material. Dates as listed are those on which the paper was communicated to the Royal Society; dates of writing, where given, are included in the description of each paper.

Many of the these papers were published in 'Philosophical Transactions'.

The register books are by nature copies of notable documents transcribed into a register, in turn the registers exist in original and copy form as the original register book was transcribed in the eighteenth century: see Register Book Copy, RBC.

Custodial history

In possession of the Royal Society since creation

Reference number
RBO
Earliest possible date
1661-1739
Physical description
Leather bound volumes
Page extent
21 volumes and 2 index volumes

Use this record

Citation

Register Book Original of the Royal Society, 1661-1739, RBO, The Royal Society Archives, London, https://makingscience.royalsociety.org/items/rbo/register-book-original-of-the-royal-society, accessed on 29 February 2024

Link to this record

Embed this record

<iframe src="https://makingscience.royalsociety.org/embed/items/rbo/register-book-original-of-the-royal-society" title="Register Book Original of the Royal Society" allow="fullscreen" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="500px"></iframe>

Explore the collection

  • Register Books

    Dates: 1661-1739

    The 'Register Books Originals' contain copies of scientific papers submitted to the Society and considered for publication. The papers were transcribed to establish their precedence for a particular discovery or idea.

    View collection