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MSS. Bywater:
manuscripts bequeathed by Ingram Bywater (1840-1914)



An illustrated checklist of the medieval manuscripts is available online; more detailed descriptions and digitised images will be provided in due course.

The post-medieval manuscripts are described in Mary Clapinson and T. D. Rogers, Summary catalogue of post-medieval western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: acquisitions 1916-1975 (SC 37300-55936), (3 vols., Oxford, 1991), I, pp. 54-62 nos. 37949-38001.

There is also a privately printed list of the books: Elenchus librorum vetustiorum apud ** hospitantium (1911), of which the Bodleian posesses two copies, both interleaved and with MS. annotations, mostly by the author; and there are addenda to the printed Elenchus in MS. Bywater 39.

History of the collection

Ingram Bywater (on whom see DNB), Regius professor of Greek at Oxford, 1893-1908, was not only a distinguished scholar but also a very discerning collector of early editions of Greek and Latin classical texts and of works relating to the history of classical scholarship. For a short time in the 1880's he had been a sub-librarian of the Bodleian. Some account of his collection will be found in W. W. Jackson, Ingram Bywater: the memoir of an Oxford scholar, 1840-1914 (Oxford, 1917), ch. ix.

The collection was bequeathed to the Library in 1915. With the printed books there was a small number of medieval and humanist manuscripts which are described here. Subsequently his neice Mrs. Charles Cornish gave to the Library between 1915 and 1921 his note-books and correspondence.

Two further medieval manuscripts were given by Bywater's great-niece, Miss Miriam Robinette ('Robin') Tomkinson, now MSS. Bywater adds. 1 and 2.

Western manuscripts to c. 1500
Western manuscripts
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