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Journals of John Allen Giles


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These six journals were written retrospectively, mostly in 1878, from contemporary notes kept by Giles. Each journal includes original letters to Giles which have been pasted in, as well as transcripts of letters to and from Giles. Each letter has been numbered by Giles. The letters are printed in The Diary. Each journal also contains a large number of newscuttings, autographs, photographs (many in MSS. Eng. b. 2101-2), drawings (mainly topographical, and mainly in MS. Eng. b. 2098), and printed ephemera, pasted into it.


  • Creation: c. 1815-1884


0.9 Linear metres (6 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Use

Volumes fragile - please handle with care.

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries, [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. b. 2097, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. b. 2097-2102; Photogr. c. 128, fols. 69-70

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 11413


Journals of John Allen Giles (1808-1884), editor and translator, c. 1815-1884

Biographical / Historical

John Allen Giles, 1808-1884, editor and translator - see Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Miss. M. Marjorie Chetham, through David Bromwich, 2000

Existence and Location of Copies

The Journals have been published as The Diary and Memoirs of John Allen Giles, edited by David Bromwich, Somerset Record Society, 86 (Taunton, 2000), Bodleian reference: R. Top. 375 (86), which also prints the texts of the inserted and the transcribed letters (but does not reproduce the drawings and photographs).

Related Materials

A commonplace book containing verses, original drawings and engravings evidently kept by John A. Giles (1808-1884) while a student at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, is MS. Eng. d. 4076.

Catalogue of the journals of John Allen Giles, c.1815-1884
Finding aid prepared by Anna Dunn
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom