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Collection Level Description: Heber Manuscripts

Reference: MSS. Add. A. 25, A. 172, C. 142-3; Auct. T. v. 19, Auct. V. 2 infra 2 16-20; Malone 30; Top. gen. e. 47; Top. Oxon. c. 26-7
Title: Heber Manuscripts
Dates of Creation: 13th-19th cent.
Extent: 14 shelfmarks

Language of Material: Latin and English

Administrative/Biographical History

Richard Heber (1773-1833) was an MP, book collector and classical scholar. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Manuscripts collected by Richard Heber, including material relating to Latin inscriptions, Latin language, the University of Oxford, 18th century literary figures, northern dialect and Greek history, BC 400-BC 320.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were either bought through Thomas Rodd at the Richard Heber sale, Part xi (manuscripts), 10-20 February 1836, or were purchased within the year from Thomas Thorpe, the London bookseller, who had previously obtained them at the sale.

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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. V, nos. 28397-411.

Related Units of Description

See also Heber (Yriarte) Spanish Manuscripts (MSS. Add. A. 136-57, C. 126-9) and Heber Family Papers (MSS. Eng. lett. c. 202-9, d. 197-215; Eng. misc. b. 78, c. 406-8, d. 619-20, e. 568-77, f. 392-4, g. 62-74; Eng. poet. c. 56, e. 110-11, f. 28; French e. 28; Lat. misc. e. 106-7; Lat. th. e. 45; Top. gen. e. 84, f. 36).

Access Points

Authors | 18th century

English language | Dialects | England, Northern

Inscriptions, Latin

Latin language

Literature | 18th century

Heber | Richard | 1773-1833 | MP Book Collector Classical Scholar

University of Oxford

Greece | History

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