Manuscripts by Thomas Traherne
Four manuscripts by Thomas Traherne, consisting of:
- 'Centuries of meditations', with Traherne's corrections
- 'Meditations and devotions' on the festivals of the Church, including prayers and poems by Traherne and others (in Traherne's hand)
- The 'Dobell folio' containing poems by Traherne and a commonplace book of Thomas Traherne, mainly on ethical and religious subjects
- Notebook belonging to Philip Traherne, 1655, used mainly by Thomas Traherne
- 17th century
Language of Materials
English and Latin
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. th. e. 50].
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Full range of shelfmarks:
MSS. Eng. th. e. 50-1; Eng. poet. c. 42; Lat. misc. f. 45
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 7636
Biographical / Historical
Thomas Traherne (1637-1674) was a religious poet and mystic. 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. II, nos. 46709-12.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The manuscripts were bought from P.J. Dobell in 1952.
- See T. Traherne, Centuries, poems, and thanksgivings, ed. H.M. Margoliouth (2 vols., Oxford, 1958).
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