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Collection Level Description: Savile Collection

Reference: 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
Title: Savile Collection
Dates of Creation: 12th-19th cent.
Extent: 146 shelfmarks

Language of Material: Latin, English, Attic Greek, French, and Portuguese



Administrative/Biographical History

The Savilian Library was the library set up by Sir Henry Savile (see the Dictionary of National Biography) to serve the Savilian Chairs of Astronomy and Geometry at Oxford. They were for the private use of these professors, and were kept in the the gate tower of the Schools Quadrangle, which was used as an observatory. The library was handed over to the Bodleian in 1884.

Scope and Content

Manuscript collections from the Savilian Library, consisting of:

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were transferred to the custody of the Bodleian in 1884.

Access Conditions

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/services/admissions/).

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. 26121-26267.

Related Units of Description

See also Savile Manuscripts (MSS. Savile 1-52).

Access Points

Science

Rigaud | Stephen Peter | 1774-1839 | Astronomer

University of Oxford | Savilian Library



Component descriptions



Savile G. 18, G. 20; MSS. Savile 53-60, 63-73, 74a, 74b, 75-95, 97-105, e. 1-10
Scientific Papers
Language of material: Latin, English, and Attic Greek
63 shelfmarks

Scientific papers including copies of works relating to astronomy, astrology and mathematics.

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. 26121-26183.

Access Points

Astrology

Astronomy

Mathematics


MSS. Savile a. 1-17, c. 1-2
Estate Papers
Language of material: Latin and English
19 shelfmarks

Estate papers bound and referenced in 1899, consisting of papers relating to the Savilian Foundation estates, including property in Northamptonshire, Kent, Essex and Gloucestershire.

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. 26184-26202.

Access Points

Savilian Foundation

Essex (England)

Gloucestershire (England)

Kent (England)

Northamptonshire (England)


MSS. Rigaud 3-33, 33A, 34-51, 53-7, 60-8
Riguad Papers
Language of material: English, Latin, French, and Portuguese
64 shelfmarks

Stephen Peter Rigaud (1774-1839), astronomer, was Savilian Professor of Astronomy at Oxford University, 1810-1839, and also Radcliffe Observer from 1827. He came of a French Protestant family, and was the son of Stephen Rigaud, Observer at Kew. He was educated at Richmond and Exeter College, Oxford (matriculated 15 April 1791, BA 1797, MA 1799, Fellow of the College, 1794-1810). He was especially interested in the historical side of science, and is best known for his editions of Miscellaneous works and correspondence of the Rev. James Bradley (Oxford, 1832) and of Correspondence of Scientific Men of the Seventeenth Century, a posthumous work (Oxford, 1841). Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Papers of Rigaud, including:

  • Biographical notebooks, relating to James Pound, James Bradley, and Edmond Halley
  • Notebooks on scientific subjects
  • Letters, 1770-1839

After Rigaud's death his astronomical books were purchased for the Radcliffe Observatory, and his miscellaneous library was sold, but his other scientific and literary collections devolved ultimately to his sons John and Gibbes Rigaud, who jointly presented them in 1874 to the Savile Library.

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. 26203-26267.

Related Units of Description

See also Papers of Stephen Peter Rigaud (MSS. Eng. misc. c. 807-8, e. 1366-8) and Rigaud Manuscripts (MSS. Rigaud 69-89).

Access Points

Science | Biography

Bradley | James | 1693-1762 | Chaplain to Bishop of Hereford, astronomer

Halley | Edmond | 1656-1742 | Astronomer

Pound | James | 1669-1724 | astronomer



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