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The Autobiography of sir Thomas Bodley

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MS. Add. A. 186
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The Autobiography of sir Thomas Bodley, dated Dec. 15, 1609, wanting one leaf after fol. 4, followed (at fol. 9) by his Will, Jan. 2, 1612/3, and a codicil (Jan. 23 or 25, 1612/3?), and also by the indenture of endowment of the Library, April 20, 1609 (fol. 23), imperfect at end.

The Autobiography is printed in Hearne's Reliquiæ Bodleianæ(1703) from this MS. before it had lost a leaf, and the Will and codicil, also from this MS., in Macray's Annals of the Bodleian, 2nd ed. (1890).

This volume is a contemporary copy in two hands (changing at fol. 23), and the indenture is stated to be a careless transcrpit, no doubt from the original in the University Archives, from which it is printed in Macray's Annals as above. Some Latin notes are on fol. 29v.


  • Creation: Written in or soon after A.D. 1613


31 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Add. A. 186, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Add. A. 186

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 20186


The Autobiography of sir Thomas Bodley

Biographical / Historical

Sir Thomas Bodley (1545-1613) was a diplomat and scholar.

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, no. 30174

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired by The Bodleian Library in 1890.

Physical Facet

On paper, imperfect


8 × 6 1/8 in.

The Autobiography of sir Thomas Bodley
EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
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Weston Library
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