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Libri Manuscripts


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Miscellaneous manuscripts collected by Libri, including papers relating to classical literature, religion and medicine.


  • Creation: 10th-18th century


7.48 Linear metres (68 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • English
  • Italian
  • Greek, Ancient (to 1453)

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Add. A. 4].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Add. A. 4-6, A. 8-10, A. 12-21, A. 23, A. 28-29, A. 36, A. 163-167, A. 170-171, A. 173, A. 176, B. 54, C. 1-15, C. 135, C. 137-139, C. 145, C. 147, C. 149-151, D. 3, D. 46; Auct. T. 5. 28-29, T. 6. 1, T. inf. 2. 3; Bodl. 1024-1029; Ital. b. 2; Lat. liturg. b. 2

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13096


Miscellaneous manuscripts collected by Guillaume Libri, 10th-18th century.

Biographical / Historical

Guillaume (Guglielmo) Libri (count Libri-Carucci) was born at Florence in 1803, and became Professor of Mathematical Physics at Pisa in 1823. Soon after 1830 he was expelled from Italy for holding liberal opinions in politics, and became naturalized in France, and in 1833 was elected a Member of the Institute. In about 1847 he was accused of stealing valuable books, both manuscript and printed, from public libraries in France. In 1850 he was found guilty, but as he was domiciled in England from 1848 to 1868 he escaped the penalties pronounced. He died at Fiesole on 28 September 1869.

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, nos. 24709-24778.

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Add. A., MSS. Add. B., MSS. Add. C., MSS. Add. D., MSS. Auct. T., MSS. Bodl., MSS. Lat. liturg..

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were purchased at Sotheby's in 1859.

Summary Catalogue no. 24778, a manuscript in Italian, on paper, stated to be written in the 17th century: 'Magalatti (Lorenzo) "Abjurazione nel Peripateticismo da leggersi nella Academia Filosofica del Serenissimo Principe Leopolda di Toscana, dal Signor Lorenzo Magalotti Segretario di essa." A very curious autograph poem, with the author's corrections.' was not acquired.

Libri Manuscripts
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2020 by Pauline Soum-Paris
EAD version 2020
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom