Holmes, John (1800 -1854)
John Holmes, son of Nathaniel Holmes, bookseller of Derby, started his life as an antiquarian bookseller. His catalogues of oriental manuscripts and of the Battle Abbey charters brought him to the attention of Lords Bexley and Glenelg who recommended him to the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum in which he rose to be Assistant Keeper. There were sales of books from his library at auction, by S. L. Sotheby as `The library of John Holmes F.S.A. of Retford' 18 October 1842, a further sale of books from the libraries of John Holmes F.S.A. [and another] also by Sotheby 22 March 1842. His remaining library was sold after his death by Puttick & Simpson 15 June 1854.