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Collection Level Description: Casaubon Manuscripts

Reference: MSS. Casaubon 1-17, 19-48, 51-3, 59-61
Title: Casaubon Manuscripts
Dates of Creation: 16th-17th cent.
Extent: 53 shelfmarks

Language of Material: Ancient Greek, Greek, and Latin

Administrative/Biographical History

Isaac Casaubon, famous as a classical scholar, was born at Geneva in 1559 and was professor of Greek there from 1580 to 1596, when he was made professor of languages and letters at Montpellier University. He removed from Montpellier to Paris in 1599-1600, and in 1604 was appointed keeper of the Bibliothèque Royale. After the murder of Henri IV in 1610 and upon receipt of an official invitation from the Archbishop of Canterbury, he settled in England, where he died in 1614. He visited Oxford the year before his death, and spent a fortnight reading in the Bodleian Library. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Casaubon's Greek manuscripts, including correspondence.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Casaubon's papers were collected and preserved after his death by his younger son, Meric Casaubon, DD and prebendary of Canterbury. Meric Casaubon died in 1671 and bequeathed his father's journal or Ephemerides to the chapter library of Canterbury Cathedral, and the bulk of the remainder of his father's papers, including six volumes of Adversaria, to the Bodleian Library, but they were not received until 1673.

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Further Information

Finding Aids

Full descriptions, in Latin, are in Henry O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae pars prima recensionem codicum Graecorum continens (Oxford, 1853; reprinted with corrections, 1969).

Brief one-line descriptions, with shelfmarks and short titles, are in 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. II, nos. 3947-3967.

Access Points

Manuscripts, Greek

Casaubon | Isaac | 1559-1614 | Prebendary of Canterbury, Classical Scholar, and Diarist

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