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'Observationes grammaticae in lingua Graeca'

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MS. Gr. misc. d. 2
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'Observationes grammaticae in lingua Graeca', Latin notes on Greek grammar by Brian Twyne and excerpts by him from Greek grammatical writers. The principal contents are:

  1. Fols. 16, 24. printed pieces
  2. Fol. 39. De passionibus dictionum Graecarum and (fol. 69) De dialectis, written on the backs of letters as described below
  3. Fol. 77. Etymologiae ex Platonis Cratylo
  4. Fol. 87. De literis Graecorum, a defence of the traditional pronunciation of Greek against the Erasmians
  5. Fol. 127. Orthographia ejusque canones
  6. Fol. 163. De accentibus

Fols. 39-67, 71-5, are private letters in English, written on one side only. These have been folded and the written sides of each pair of letters have been gummed together. Their blank sides have then been used by Brian Twyne for his notes on Greek grammar: they were separated in 1913 before the MS. was presented to the Library.

The letters are in English and are sixteen in number, viz.:

  1. Ten from Brian Twyne to his father Thomas Twyne, A.D. 1596-7, 1601, 1607-9, 1612 (fols. 40, 42, 45v, 46, 47v, 49v, 60, 62, 72, 75)
  2. Four from Thomas Twyne to Bryan Twyne, A.D. 1605, 1609 (fols. 56, 58, 64, 67)
  3. Two by an unknown writer (fols. 53, 54) see also fol. 289.
  4. Four letters from mr. Ingram Bywater relating to Twyne's letters and the authorship of the MS. have been inserted at fol. 281


  • Creation: Written about 1626 (see fol. 98) by Bryan Twyne


289 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • Greek, Modern (1453-)
  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Gr. misc. d. 2, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Gr. misc. d. 2

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 19729


'Observationes grammaticae in lingua Graeca'

Biographical / Historical

Brian Twyne (1579-1644) 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. VI, no. 36206

Custodial History

Bought by B. H. Blackwell, Oxford bookseller, in 1911, with other books from Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire, the seat of the lords Willoughby d'Eresby (see fol. 280).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Sold by B. H. Blackwell to mr. Ingram Bywater, who presented it to the Library, Oct. 14, 1913.

Physical Facet

On paper


10 7/8 × 5 3/4 in.

'Observationes grammaticae in lingua Graeca'
EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
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Weston Library
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