A collection of 153 Scandinavian manuscripts (chiefly Icelandic, a few Danish, Latin and Swedish), including papers relating to poetry, law and history.
- Creation: 16th-19th century
16.94 Linear metres (154 boxes)
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Boreal 1].
Full range of shelfmarks:
MSS. Boreal 1-153
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 12805
A collection of 153 Scandinavian manuscripts.
Biographical / Historical
Finn Magnusen (1781-1848), was born in Iceland and educated at Copenhagen. He was a lawyer at Reykjavik, 1806-1815.
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. IV, nos. 20642-20794.
A catalogue by Magnusen himself, dated 1828, is in the Library, and was printed in 1832 with the title 'Catalogus...codicum cliii manuscriptorum Borealium præcipuæ Islandicæ originis, ...autcore... Finno Magnæo, Islando'.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The manuscripts were bought from Finn Magnusen for £350, through W.C. Trevelyan, esq., of Wallington Hall, Northumberland, in 1828.
- Boreal Manuscripts
- Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2020 by Kelly Burchmore
- EAD version 2020
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