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Savile Collection


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Manuscript collections from the Savilian Library, consisting of:
  1. Scientific Papers
  2. Estate Papers
  3. Rigaud Papers


  • 12th-19th cent.


146 shelfmarks

Language of Materials

Latin, English, Attic Greek, French, and Portuguese

Full range of shelfmarks:

Savile G. 18, G. 20; MSS. Rigaud 3-33, 33A, 34-51, 53-7, 60-8; MSS. Savile 53-60, 63-73, 74a, 74b, 75-95, 97-105, a. 1-17, c. 1-2, e. 1-10

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16119

Biographical / Historical

The Savilian Library was the library set up by Sir Henry Savile (see the Dictionary of National Biography) to serve the Savilian Chairs of Astronomy and Geometry at Oxford. They were for the private use of these professors, and were kept in the the gate tower of the Schools Quadrangle, which was used as an observatory. The library was handed over to the Bodleian in 1884.

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. 26121-26267.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were transferred to the custody of the Bodleian in 1884.

Related Materials

See also Savile Manuscripts (MSS. Savile 1-52).
Savile Collection
Emily Tarrant
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom