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Lydyat Manuscripts


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Manuscripts of Thomas Lydyat, including calendars, mathematical notes and treatises, chronological papers, and letters.


  • Creation: 17th century


1.76 Linear metres (16 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin
  • Hebrew

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Auct. E. 5.5].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Auct. E. 5.5, F. 2.21; Bodl. 313, 658, 661-664, 666-671; Bodl. Or. 252-253

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13196


Manuscripts of Thomas Lydyat, 17th century.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Lydyat (1572-1646), of New College, Oxford, was chronographer to Henry Prince of Wales.

Other 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. V, nos. 27557-27572.

For a full description in Latin see, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae pars prima recensionem codicum Graecorum continens (Oxford, 1853, reprinted with corrections by H. O. Coxe, Oxford, 1969), cod. Misc. 70.

Custodial History

When Lydyat died in 1646 his manuscripts passed to Dr. John Lamphire, who died in 1688.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Dr. William Coward, whose mother was a sister of Dr. Lamphire, presented all the manuscripts to the Bodleian in 1695, except for one which was presented to the library by Degory Whear (d. 1647).

Lydyat Manuscripts
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Repository Details

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