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Shelley Manuscripts and Relics (core collection)


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Letters of Percy and Mary Shelley, notebooks etc. of Percy Shelley, with portraits and relics of them both.


  • Creation: 1811-1822, n.d.


10 shelfmarks and 7 objects

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Shelley c. 1].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Shelley c. 1, d. 1-3, e. 1-6

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15890

Biographical / Historical

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), poet, and his second wife, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851), writer: for details, see The Oxford 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. VI, nos. 31548-59. For the letters in MS. Shelley c. 1, see R.H. Hill, ed., The Shelley correspondence in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, 1926. For the notebooks, see the facsimile series The Bodleian Shelley manuscripts, general editor D.H. Reiman, 23 vols., New York & London, 1986-2002, esp. vol. 23 (catalogue and index by Tatsuo Tokoo).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The core collection comprises the first part of the family collection at Boscombe, nr. Bournemouth, Dorset, as selected and given by Jane Lady Shelley, widow of the Shelley's son Sir Percy Florence Shelley, in 1893 and 1894.

Related Materials

See also Shelley Manuscripts and Relics (additions), (Shelfmarks: MSS. Shelley adds. a. 1 (R), b. 1-2, c. 2-16, d. 1-19, e. 1-27, f. 1-5; MSS. Shelley Deeds c. 1-23; Shelley Relics (h)-(j), 1-35) and Abinger papers, (Shelfmarks: MS. Abinger b. 1-6; c. 1-31, 31*, 32-92; d. 1-38; e. 1-69).

Shelley Manuscripts and Relics (core collection)
Emily Tarrant
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom