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The History and Antiquities of the University of Oxford

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MS. Wood F. 38

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The History and Antiquities of the University of Oxford, by Anthony Wood. This is probably the second out of three drafts made by Anthony Wood in about 1675, after the Latin version of his original History had been published in 1674--with which version Wood was much dissatisfied.

There are corrections and additions, often on small slips of paper.

The first few pages, up to the article on 'Bellositum', are lost, the text beginning 'Bellositum. Hauing deliuered wt I haue to say': book 1 ends at May 19, 1649 ('played at Bowles in the Colledge [Bowling Green]')

The second book (fol. 285) corresponds generally with the printed edition by Gutch as far as the end of the account of the Bodleian. The Colleges and Halls (with biographical notices attached to each) occupy fols. 342v-439v, and the Fasti of the University (883-1673) fols. 441-469. There is also a 18th century copy of the first few pages, beginning with 'Bellositum', and of the last leaf (fols. 4-15, 470).


  • Creation: chiefly written in about A.D. 1675 by A. Wood


472 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Wood F. 38, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Wood F. 38

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18615


The History and Antiquities of the University of Oxford,chiefly written in about A.D. 1675 by A. Wood.

Biographical / Historical

Anthony Wood (1632–1695) was an antiquary.

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, no. 28528.

Custodial History

This MS. was sold at Burford in 1797 or 1798 to mr. Joseph Parker, who sold it to Mr. Barré C. Roberts in about 1805-1807 (letter from J. Parker, July 4, 1827, at fol. 3). At his death it passed to his father Edw. Walpole Roberts, and was lot 904 in the sale of his books in London on March 20, 1828.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought Mar 1828.

Related Materials

The third draft is now MSS. Wood F. l-2.


  • See Wood's History, ed. Clark, ii (1892), p. 290.

Physical Facet

On paper, imperfect at beginning


15 5/8 × 10 1/4 in.

The History and Antiquities of the University of Oxford
EAD version 2020 by Pauline Soum-Paris
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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom