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Fell Manuscripts



Introduction

John Fell (1625-1686) took his MA in 1643 from Christ Church, Oxford, became dean of Christ Church in 1660 and was elected bishop of Oxford in 1675. He left the Bodleian a small but valuable collection of manuscripts. MSS. Fell 1, 3, and 4 were returned to Salisbury Cathedral Library in 1985; for the circumstances surrounding this restoration, see David Vaisey, 'Thomas Hyde and manuscript collecting at the Bodleian Library', in The foundations of scholarship: libraries and collecting, 1650-1750: papers presented at a Clark Library seminar, 9 March 1985 (Los Angeles, 1992), pp. 3-27. The Bodleian has consultation microfilms of these three manuscripts.


Shelfmark MS. Fell 1, MS. Fell 3, MS. Fell 4
Summary Catalogue no. 8688, 8687, 8689
Summary of contents Returned to Salisbury Cathedral Library in 1985.
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 2, p. 1211
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 2, p. 1212
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 2, p. 1213
Bibliography (MS. Fell 1)
1994
Cited in more than one article in Anglo-Saxon manuscripts: basic readings, ed. Mary P. Richards (Basic Readings in Anglo-Saxon England, vol. 2 = Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, vol. 1434), New York & London 1994, pp. 73, 200, 214 [= Gneuss no. 623]
1993
R. A. B. Mynors & R. M. Thomson, Catalogue of the manuscripts of Hereford Cathedral Library, Cambridge: D. S. Brewer for The Dean and Chapter of Hereford Cathedral, 1993, p. 111

Bodleian shelfmark: BDH = R. Cat.
Bibliography (MS. Fell 3)
1994
David N. Dumville, 'English libraries before 1066: use and abuse of the manuscript evidence' [revised version of article first printed 1981], in Anglo-Saxon manuscripts: basic readings, ed. Mary P. Richards (Basic Readings in Anglo-Saxon England, vol. 2 = Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, vol. 1434), New York & London 1994, pp. 169-219, at p. 200 [= Gneuss no. 624].
1992
Gernot Wieland, 'England in the German legends of the Anglo-Saxon saints', in Words, Texts and Manuscripts: Studies in Anglo-Saxon culture presented to Helmut Gneuss on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday, eds. Michael Korhammer and others, Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1992, pp. 193-212, at p. 193n.
Bibliography (MS. Fell 4)
1994
Cited in more than one article in Anglo-Saxon manuscripts: basic readings, ed. Mary P. Richards (Basic Readings in Anglo-Saxon England, vol. 2 = Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, vol. 1434), New York & London 1994, pp. 73, 200, 214 [= Gneuss no. 625]
1993
R. A. B. Mynors & R. M. Thomson, Catalogue of the manuscripts of Hereford Cathedral Library, Cambridge: D. S. Brewer for The Dean and Chapter of Hereford Cathedral, 1993, p. 111

Bodleian shelfmark: BDH = R. Cat.

Shelfmark MS. Fell 2
Summary Catalogue no. 8690
Composite pp. vii-xii, 465-472 || pp. 1-44 || pp. 45-50, 295-308, 460-464 || pp. 51-294, 309-459
Summary of contents Sermons. || Life of St. Edmund of Abingdon. || Lives of Saints. || Lives of Saints.
Language Latin
Origin English, Canterbury St. Augustine's
Date 13th century || 13th century, second half || 12th century, second half || c. 1100-1130
Material parchment

Decoration
- || - || Good historiated initial (P&A iii. 256, pl. XXV) || Fine initials (mutilated) (P&A iii. 68)

Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 2, p. 1213
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 2, p. 1214
Manuscript image fol. 439 Page with decorative initial M(aximiliano). The Passion of St. Sabina, Legendary (winter art).
Bibliography
1999
Richard Gameson, The manuscripts of Early Norman England (c. 1066-1130), Oxford, etc.: OUP for The British Academy, 1999, p. 137 no. 724
1997
Sandy Heslop & John Mitchell, 'The arts and learning', in English Heritage Book of St Augustine's Abbey Canterbury, ed. Richard Gem, London: B. T. Batsford / English Heritage, 1997, pp. 67-89, at p. 83, colour pl. 10 (fol. 45r detail)
1995
Richard Gameson, 'English manuscript art in the late eleventh century: Canterbury and its context', in Canterbury and the Norman Conquest: Churches, Saints and Scholars 1066-1109, eds. Richard Eales & Richard Sharpe, London & Rio Grande: The Hambledon Press, 1995, pp. 95-144, at pp. 124 n., 126 n., 128 n., 129 n., 144
1993
R. A. B. Mynors & R. M. Thomson, Catalogue of the manuscripts of Hereford Cathedral Library, Cambridge: D. S. Brewer for The Dean and Chapter of Hereford Cathedral, 1993, p. 112

Bodleian shelfmark: BDH = R. Cat.

Shelfmark MS. Fell 5
Summary Catalogue no. 8691
Summary of contents Damascius Damascenus, De principiis rerum dubia et solutiones; Commentary on Plato, Parmenide.
Language Greek
Origin Byzantine
Date 16th century
Material paper
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 2, p. 1214
Quarto image Col. 907

Shelfmark MS. Fell 19
Summary Catalogue no. 8707
Summary of contents Euthymius Zigabenus, Panoplia.
Language Greek
Origin Byzantine
Date 16th century
Material paper
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 2, p. 1214
Quarto image Col. 908


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