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Collection Level Description: Selden Manuscripts

Reference: MSS. Selden supra 108-51
Title: Selden Manuscripts
Dates of Creation: 1598-1655
Extent: 44 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English, Latin, Ancient Greek, and Hebrew

Administrative/Biographical History

John Selden (1584-1654) was a jurist, MP and antiquary. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Correspondence and papers of John Selden, with some manuscripts owned by him, including:

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The majority of the manuscripts were bought from James Fairhurst in 1942 and 1947.

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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. 52546-91.

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

Related Units of Description

Other papers of Selden are listed in Summary Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (7 vols., Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, Kraus Reprint, 1980), nos. 3134-3490.

Access Points

Aquinas | Thomas | ? 1225-1274 | Saint

Aristotle | 384-322 BC | Greek philosopher

Selden | John | 1584-1654 | Jurist MP Antiquary

Great Britain | History

Great Britain | History | Charles I, 1625-1649

Great Britain | Politics and government

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