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Collection Level Description: Shelley Manuscripts and Relics (additions)

Reference: MSS. Shelley adds. a. 1 (R), b. 1-2, c. 2-16, d. 1-19, e. 1-27, f. 1-5; MSS. Shelley Deeds c. 1-23; Shelley Relics (h)-(j), 1-35
Title: Shelley Manuscripts and Relics (additions)
Dates of Creation: 1577-1992 (predominantly 18th-20th cent.)
Extent: 82 shelfmarks and 37 objects

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

The Shelley family includes Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), poet; his second wife, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851), author; his grandfather, Sir Bysshe Shelley (1731-1815), 1st Baronet of Castle Goring; his father Timothy Shelley (1753-1844), 2nd Baronet, MP; and his son Sir Percy Florence Shelley (1819-1889), 3rd Baronet.

Scope and Content

Literary notebooks and papers, correspondence and other papers, portraits and relics of Percy and Mary Shelley, with further materials of their family and circle, including earlier and contemporary estate documents of the Shelley family and related families, and later secondary materials.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Miscellaneous accessions added to the core collection after 1894 through gift or purchase from various sources, including the second part of the family collection from Boscombe, donated with further materials by Sir John Shelley-Rolls, the poet's great-nephew, through gift in 1946 and through bequest in 1961 after the death of his wife.

Access Conditions

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see In addition, special permission is required to access major Shelley manuscripts such as the literary notebooks when these are otherwise available in published facsimiles.

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. VI, nos. 32577-9, 36672, 33766; Mary Clapinson & T. D. Rogers, Summary catalogue of post-medieval Western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford: Acquisitions 1916-1975 (3 vols., Oxford, 1991), nos. 52592-643; further descriptions available in the Library. For the Shelleyan notebooks (MSS. Shelley adds. e. 6-20), see the facsimile series The Bodleian Shelley manuscripts, general editor D. H. Reiman, 23 vols., New York & London, 1986-2002, esp. vol. 23 (catalogue and index by Tatsuo Tokoo, of which an earlier version is available online at

Related Units of Description

See also Shelley Manuscripts and Relics (core collection) and Abinger papers.

Access Points


English literature


Shelley | Bysshe | 1731-1815 | Sir | 1st Baronet

Shelley | Mary Wollstonecraft | 1797-1851 | Author

Shelley | Percy Bysshe | 1792-1822 | Poet

Shelley | Percy Florence | 1819-1889 | Sir | 3rd Baronet

Shelley | Timothy | 1753-1844 | Sir | 2nd Baronet and MP

Shelley | family | baronets | Castle Goring

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