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Collection Level Description: Volumes Containing Joseph Bosworth's Anglo-Saxon Dictionary

Reference: MSS. Eng. lang. b. 1-11
Title: Volumes Containing Joseph Bosworth's Anglo-Saxon Dictionary
Dates of Creation: [c.1838-1926]
Extent: 11 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English and Old English

Administrative/Biographical History

Joseph Bosworth (1789-1876) was an Anglo-Saxon scholar and lexicographer. He was Rawlinson Professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Oxford. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Joseph Bosworth, A dictionary of the Anglo-Saxon Language (London, etc., 1838), letters F-Y, cut up and pasted into eleven volumes, with notes and additions in Bosworth's hand, and in two other hands, one probably that of T.N. Toller, whose Anglo-Saxon dictionary based on the manuscript collections of the late Joseph Bosworth, was published at Oxford, 1882.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was given to the Library by Bosworth's executors, 1876-8. It was lent to T.N. Toller, and returned to the Library in 1926.

Access Conditions

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Further Information

Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 40377-87.

Related Units of Description

See also Bosworth Manuscripts.

Publication Note

See Scope and Content.

Access Points

Anglo-Saxon language | Dictionaries | English

Bosworth | Joseph | 1789-1876 | Anglo Saxon Scholar and Lexicographer

Toller | Thomas Northcote | 1844-1930 | Anglo Saxon Scholar

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