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Collection Level Description: St. Amand's Adversaria

Reference: MSS. St. Amand 1-35, 36a-c, 37-53, 57-60, 63-70
Title: St. Amand's Adversaria
Dates of Creation: 15th-18th cent.
Extent: 67 shelfmarks

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

Administrative/Biographical History

James St. Amand (Jacobus Sanctamandus or Sanctus Amandus) was born in London, 7 April 1687. He matriculated at Oxford as from Hart Hall, 17 March 1703, but on 5 September 1704 entered, as a Gentleman Commoner, at Lincoln College. He left Oxford without taking a degree, and travelled in Italy both at this time, before he was twenty years old, and on subsequent occasions. He died in London on 5 September 1754. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Manuscripts of James St. Amand. The greater part of the collection consists of notes on classical authors (including Theocritus), letters from foreign scholars and papers connected with the Netherlands.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

St. Amand bequeathed his manuscripts and printed books to the Library in 1754.

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Further Information

Finding Aids

Full descriptions, in Latin, are in Henry O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae pars prima recensionem codicum Graecorum continens (Oxford, 1853; reprinted with corrections, 1969).

Brief one-line descriptions, with shelfmarks and short titles, are in 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. III, 10725-10786.

Publication Note

The Theocritean collections were used by Thomas Warton for his edition of Theocritus, Oxford 1770.

Access Points

Authors, Classical


Amand | James St | 1687-1754 | Antiquary

Theocritus | c 300 BC-260 BC | Greek poet


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