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Manuscript copy of the biography of Oliver Cromwell, published as The perfect politician or, a full view of the life and actions (military and civil) of O. Cromwell (London, 1660)

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MS. Don f. 32
Held at the Weston Library

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The manuscript differs only slightly from the printed version, but the initials at the end of the author’s preface, printed as ‘I.S.’, have been altered in the manuscript (fol. 1), and are no longer legible. Anthony Wood ascribed the biography to Henry Fletcher, a London bookseller (see pr. bk. Wood 243/3).


  • Creation: 1660


202 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Don f. 32, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Don f. 32

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 20968


Manuscript copy of the biography of Oliver Cromwell

Biographical / Historical

Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) was Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland. For further details see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Custodial History

Owned by, ‘Francis Brice Northpetherton Somerset’, 1775 (fol. 160v), and by Jos. Barlet[?] (fol. 198).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Sotheby’s 23 Mar 1981, lot 96; given to the library by the Friends of the Bodleian, 1981.

Physical Facet

20th century, calf binding

Manuscript copy of the biography of Oliver Cromwell
EAD version 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom