Manuscripts of John Aubrey, including:
- Papers relating to English antiquities, including 'The Naturall Historie of Wiltshire, 1685'
- Copy of Aubrey's 'Brief Lives'
- Letters to John Aubrey, 1644-1695
- 15th-18th cent.
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Aubrey 1].
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Full range of shelfmarks:
MSS. Aubrey 1-13, 16-17, 19-21, 23-26, 31
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 12745
Biographical / Historical
John Aubrey (1626-1697) was an antiquary. He matriculated at Trinity College, Oxford, 1642, and was a Student at the Middle Temple, London, 1646. He brought to light megalithic remains at Avebury in 1649. He formed large topographical collections in Wiltshire and Surrey, and left in manuscript much antiquarian and historical material. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.
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. II, nos. 6543-6, 7542, 8073, 8312, and vol. V, nos. 25278-25293.
The manuscripts were presented to the Ashmolean Museum by John Aubrey at various dates.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The manuscripts were transferred to the Library from the Ashmolean in 1860.
An account of the manuscripts and their donor is in John Britton, Memoir of John Aubrey (London, 1845).
- Aubrey Manuscripts
- Emily Tarrant
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