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Collection Level Description: Shelley Manuscripts and Relics (core collection)

Reference: MSS. Shelley c. 1, d. 1-3, e. 1-6; Shelley relics (a)-(g)
Title: Shelley Manuscripts and Relics (core collection)
Dates of Creation: 1811-22, n.d.
Extent: 10 shelfmarks and 7 objects

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), poet, and his second wife, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851), writer: for details, see The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Letters of Percy and Mary Shelley, notebooks etc. of Percy Shelley, with portraits and relics of them both.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The core collection comprises the first part of the family collection at Boscombe, nr. Bournemouth, Dorset, as selected and given by Jane Lady Shelley, widow of the Shelley's son Sir Percy Florence Shelley, in 1893 and 1894.

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. 31548-59. For the letters in MS. Shelley c. 1, see R.H. Hill, ed., The Shelley correspondence in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, 1926. For the notebooks, 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 (additions) and Abinger papers.

Access Points


Shelley | Percy Bysshe | 1792-1822 | Poet

Shelley | Mary Wollstonecraft | 1797-1851 | Writer

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