Bagster family album

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Original catalogue by Judith Priestman. EAD version by Alice McDonald

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Shelfmark(s): MS. Eng. c. 8374
Title: Bagster family album
Dates of Creation: 1782-1914, n.d.
Extent: 579 leaves
Language(s) of Material: English


Bagster & Sons was a publishing company founded by Samuel Bagster the elder (1772–1851).

Scope and Content

An album of letters, memoirs, poems, riddles and sketches, written and drawn by members of the Bagster family of publishers, with a few items of printed ephemera. Most of the material was composed between 1813 and 1914, but a single letter of 1782 was transcribed in 1850. The album was possibly compiled by Jonathan Bagster (1813-1872), the younger son of Bagster & Sons. Including:

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Blackwell’s Rare Books, 1 March 2016, from the Roy V. Sowers Fund.


The album originally contained documents loosely inserted throughout the body of the text, with many inserts between the upper and lower boards. The material at the front and back of the volume has been removed and placed in three fascicules as folios 525-79. Individual loose leaves have been left in place.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 8374, fols. 1-2].

Access Point(s)

Bagster | Samuel | 1772-1851 | Publisher and author

Bagster | Eunice | 1777-1877 | nee Birch | Wife of Samuel Bagster

Bagster | Jonathan | 1813-1872 | Editor-in-chief

Bagster | Samuel | 1800-1835 | Printer and author

18th century

19th century

20th century

Publishers and publishing
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