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Shelley Manuscripts and Relics (additions)


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Literary notebooks and papers, correspondence and other papers, portraits and relics of Percy and Mary Shelley, with further materials of their family and circle, including earlier and contemporary estate documents of the Shelley family and related families, and later secondary materials.


  • Creation: 1577-1992 (predominantly 18th-20th cent.)


82 shelfmarks and 37 objects

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Shelley adds. a. 1 (r)].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Shelley adds. a. 1 (r), b. 1-2, c. 2-16, d. 4-10, d. 1-19, e. 1-27, f. 1-5; MSS. Shelley Deeds c. 1-23; Shelley Relics (h)-(j), 1-35

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 10104

Biographical / Historical

The Shelley family includes Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), poet; his second wife, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851), author; his grandfather, Sir Bysshe Shelley (1731-1815), 1st Baronet of Castle Goring; his father Timothy Shelley (1753-1844), 2nd Baronet, MP; and his son Sir Percy Florence Shelley (1819-1889), 3rd Baronet.

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. 32577-9, 36672, 33766; M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (3 vols., Oxford, 1991), nos. 52592-643; further descriptions available in the Library. For the Shelleyan notebooks (MSS. Shelley adds. e. 6-20), 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

Miscellaneous accessions added to the core collection after 1894 through gift or purchase from various sources, including the second part of the family collection from Boscombe, donated with further materials by Sir John Shelley-Rolls, the poet's great-nephew, through gift in 1946 and through bequest in 1961 after the death of his wife.

Related Materials

See also Shelley Manuscripts and Relics (core collection), (Shelfmarks: MSS. Shelley c. 1, d. 1-3, e. 1-6; Shelley relics (a)-(g)) 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 (additions)
Emily Tarrant
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom