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Collection Level Description: Letters Collected by William Upcott

Reference: MSS. Don. d. 87-90
Title: Letters Collected by William Upcott
Dates of Creation: 17th-19th century
Extent: 4 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

William Upcott (1779-1845) was an antiquary and autograph collector. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Letters of antiquaries, topographical writers and heralds, collected by William Upcott and arranged alphabetically in four volumes, A-C, D-K, L-P, R-Y, in 1835. Many of the letters are addressed to publishers and booksellers. The collection includes 70 engraved portraits and many printed proposals to publish antiquarian and topographical works.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The letters were bought at Sotheby's in 1946 and given to the Library by the Friends of the Bodleian in 1947.

Access Conditions

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

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. I, nos. 39049-52.

Publication Note

Some of the letters are printed in John Nichols, Illustrations of the literary history of the eighteenth century (London, 1817-58); all are published in microform, with an index, as part of The Upcott collection of literary autographs, 1765-1830 (Teaneck, N.J., 1975).

Access Points



Autographs | Collectors and collecting

Booksellers and bookselling



Publishers and publishing

Upcott | William | 1779-1845 | Antiquary and Autograph Collector

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