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Collection Level Description: Boreal Manuscripts

Reference: MSS. Bor. 1-153
Title: Boreal Manuscripts
Dates of Creation: 16th-19th century
Extent: 153 shelfmarks
Name of Creator: Finn Magnusen

Language of Material: Danish, Icelandic, Latine, and Swedish

Administrative/Biographical History

Finn Magnusen (1781-1848), was born in Iceland and educated at Copenhagen. He was a lawyer at Reykjavik, 1806-15.

Scope and Content

A collection of 153 Scandinavian manuscripts (chiefly Icelandic, a few Danish, Latin and Swedish), including papers relating to poetry, law and history.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were bought from Finn Magnusen for £350, through W.C. Trevelyan, esq., of Wallington Hall, Northumberland, in 1828.

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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. IV, nos. 20642-20794.

Access Points


Manuscripts, Icelandic


Magnusen | Finn | 1781-1848 | lawyer

Iceland | History

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