Manuscript collections from the Savilian Library, consisting of:
- Scientific Papers
- Estate Papers
- Rigaud Papers
- 12th-19th cent.
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.
- Bradley | James | 1693-1762 | Chaplain to Bishop of Hereford, astronomer
- Essex (England)
- Gloucestershire (England)
- Halley | Edmond | 1656-1742 | Astronomer
- Kent (England)
- Northamptonshire (England)
- Rigaud | Stephen Peter | 1774-1839 | Astronomer
- Savilian Foundation
- Science -- Biography
- University of Oxford | Savilian Library
- Savile Collection
- Emily Tarrant
- Language of description