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Collection Level Description: Notebook of Sir Henry Savile, with a Description by P.E. Matheson

Reference: MSS. Gr. misc. e. 8; Eng. misc. d. 204
Title: Notebook of Sir Henry Savile, with a Description by P.E. Matheson
Dates of Creation: [c. 1581], [18--?]
Extent: 2 shelfmarks
Name of Creator: Sir Henry Savile and P.E. Matheson

Language of Material: Greek, Latin, Italian, and English

Administrative/Biographical History

Sir Henry Savile (1549-1622) was a scholar, see the Dictionary of National Biography for further details.

Percy Ewing Matheson (1859-1946) was a Fellow of New College (1881-1946), and a classical scholar.

Scope and Content

Notebook of Sir Henry Savile compiled during a continental tour, c. 1581. The notebook includes a commentary on Aristotle, Meteorologica, dated '10 Maij. 1581. Vratislaviae' (Wroclaw, Poland); notes in Italian on scientific subjects; and extracts from Themistius on the Posterior Analytics. Savile's name does not appear; the attribution to him is made by Gamillscheg & Harlfinger (IA, p. 79, no. 116) on the basis of the Greek script.

The accompanying MSS (MS. Eng. misc. d. 204) is a description of the notebook by P.E. Matheson.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given to the Library by P.E. Matheson in 1930.

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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. II, nos. 47390-1.

Related Units of Description

See the Savile Manuscripts (MSS. Savile 1-52); and the Savile Collection (Savile G. 18, G. 20; MSS. Rigaud 3-33, 33A, 34-51, 53-7, 60-8; MSS. Savile 53-60, 63-73, 74a, 74b, 75-95, 97-105, a. 1-17, c. 1-2, e. 1-10).

Access Points

Aristotle | 384-322 BC | Greek philosopher

Matheson | Percy Ewing | 1859-1946 | classical scholar, historian, and educational administrator

Savile | Sir | Henry | 1549-1622 | knight and mathematician

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