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Manuscripts by Thomas Traherne


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Four manuscripts by Thomas Traherne, consisting of:
  1. 'Centuries of meditations', with Traherne's corrections
  2. 'Meditations and devotions' on the festivals of the Church, including prayers and poems by Traherne and others (in Traherne's hand)
  3. The 'Dobell folio' containing poems by Traherne and a commonplace book of Thomas Traherne, mainly on ethical and religious subjects
  4. Notebook belonging to Philip Traherne, 1655, used mainly by Thomas Traherne


  • 17th century


4 shelfmarks

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin

Preferred Citation

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.

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).
Manuscripts by Thomas Traherne
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom