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Collection Level Description: Bliss Manuscripts

Reference: Antiq. d. G. 1670/1; Gen. Top. 4° 141; Oxon 4° 69; MSS. Fairfax 40; Top. Oxon. c. 8-12, c. 38, d. 387
Title: Bliss Manuscripts
Dates of Creation: 17th-19th cent.
Extent: 11 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English



Administrative/Biographical History

Dr. Philip Bliss (1787-1857) was an antiquary and editor. He was on the staff of the Bodleian Library from 1808 to about 1813, and 1822-28. He was Registrar of the University of Oxford (1824-53), Keeper of the Archives (1826-57), and Principal of St. Mary Hall (from 1848 until his death in 1857). Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Eleven manuscripts, and printed books with manuscript notes, of Philip Bliss, including material relating to Oxford graduates.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was bought at the sale of the Library of Philip Bliss in 1858.

Access Conditions

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/services/admissions/).

Further Information

Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, nos. 28692-703.

Related Units of Description

See also Notebooks of Philip Bliss (MSS. Top. Oxon. e. 51-63) and Oxford University Registers (MSS. Top. Oxon. b. 47, c. 143-8, d. 64-71, e. 98).

Access Points

Bliss | Philip | 1787-1857 | Antiquary and Editor

University of Oxford


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