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Bosworth Manuscripts


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Manuscripts of Joseph Bosworth including:

  1. Copies and translations of Anglo-Saxon charters compiled by Benjamin Thorpe (1782-1870), 1866-1870
  2. Letters relating to Benjamin Thorpe's manuscripts, 1871-1872
  3. Collations and transcripts of manuscripts of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle by Benjamin Thorpe, 1860-1865
  4. Drafts of the Anglo-Saxon and modern English dictionary published by Bosworth in 1838


  • Creation: 1835-1878


17 shelfmarks

Language of Materials

  • English, Old (ca.450-1100)
  • English
  • Latin

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Add. A. 229].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Add. A. 229-237, A. 374-378, C. 293-295

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12807

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Bosworth (1789-1876) was an Anglo-Saxon scholar and lexicographer. He was Rawlinson Professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Oxford. 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. V, nos. 29091-107.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were given to the Library by Bosworth's executors in 1876, apart from MS. Add. A. 236, which came in 1878.

Related Materials

See also Volumes Containing Joseph Bosworth's Anglo-Saxon Dictionary, (Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. lang. b. 1-11)

Bosworth Manuscripts
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom