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Collection Level Description: Meerman Manuscripts

Reference: MSS. Auct. T. 1.1-27, 2.1-32
Title: Meerman Manuscripts
Dates of Creation: 11th-17th cent.
Extent: 59 shelfmarks

Language of Material: Ancient Greek and Latin

Administrative/Biographical History

Jan Meerman, only son of Geraard Meerman, the author of the Origines Typographicae (1765), was born at the Hague, 1 November 1753, and educated at Göttingen and Leiden. On his father's death in 1771 he seems to have inherited a large library and sufficient means to enable him to follow out his literary tastes, but political ambition prevented him from producing any great work. He died on 15 December 1815.

Scope and Content

Manuscripts of Jan Meerman, consisting of Greek and Latin manuscripts.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were purchased at the Hague in 1824.

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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. 20579-20637.

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

For a more detailed description of the medieval manuscripts in this collection see

Access Points

Manuscripts, Greek

Manuscripts, Latin

Meerman | Jan | 1753-1815

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