Letters Collected by William Upcott
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.
- 17th-19th century
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Don. d. 87].
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MSS. Don. d. 87-90
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 13424
Biographical / Historical
William Upcott (1779-1845) was an antiquary and autograph collector. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.
Other 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.
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.
- 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).
- Letters Collected by William Upcott
- Emily Tarrant
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