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Miscellaneous papers by or connected with John Swinton

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MS. Auct. V. 2. infra 2. 22*

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Miscellaneous papers by or connected with John Swinton, the Orientalist, of Wadham college, Oxford (d. 1777), mostly marked as the property of his widow in that year: among them are:

  1. Fol. 1. A list of Swinton's writings, 1754-74
  2. Fol. 7. Letter to him from George Mirza, an Arabic scholar, Aug. 19, 1728
  3. Fol. 8. Letter to him from the editors of the Universal History with their autograph signatures, including one of George Psalmanazar, March 13, 1738
  4. Fol. 16. Bill of the cost of printing Swinton's De Priscis Romanorum Literis dissertatio (Oxf. 1746), paid in 1750
  5. Fols. 20, 22. Two Latin letters, one asking for admission to Wadham college (from Robert Phillips, 1738), one asking for pardon (from James Evans, abt. 1738)
  6. Fol. 27. 'Nota di tutte le Pietre, che è fabbricato là Capella di S. A. R. nominate S. Lorenzo', a guide to the church at Florence (18th cent.)
  7. Fol. 48. Copy of part of a letter from Swinton about the Palmyrene alphabet
  8. Fol. 61. 'Carmen Etruscum', made and signed by Swinton
  9. Fol. 62. A description of Bodl. MSS. Barocci 46, 50, and 64, containing the Bατραcομuομαcία, in the hand of Joseph Bowles, about 1725
  10. There are also fragments of the MSS. of some of his dissertations, a few private letters, etc.


  • Creation: Written in the 18th century chiefly by J. Swinton


64 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Auct. V. 2. infra 2. 22*, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Auct. V. 2. infra 2. 22*

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 20343


Miscellaneous papers by or connected with John Swinton

Biographical / Historical

John Swinton (1703-1777) was a historian and 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. V, no. 30347

Custodial History

These papers were at one time loose in Auct. V. 2. infra 2. 22, a collection of Swinton's works with a watercolour portrait of him, which was sold to messrs. Fletcher booksellers of Oxford in 1777, was bought by R. Gough from the library of G. Scott in 1781 for £2 2s., and fetched the same sum as lot 3602 in the Gough sale 1810. Perhaps it was then bought for the Bodleian.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This volume was separately bound and referenced about 1883 (?).

Physical Facet

On paper


15 1/2 × 10 1/8 in.

Miscellaneous papers by or connected with John Swinton
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom