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St. Amand's Adversaria


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Manuscripts of James St. Amand. The greater part of the collection consists of notes on classical authors (including Theocritus), letters from foreign scholars and papers connected with the Netherlands.


  • Creation: 15th-18th century


7.37 Linear metres (67 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • Greek, Modern (1453-)
  • Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
  • English
  • Latin

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. St. Amand 1, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. St. Amand 1-35, 36a-c, 37-53, 57-60, 63-70

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13338


St. Amand's Adversaria

Biographical / Historical

James St. Amand (Jacobus Sanctamandus or Sanctus Amandus) was born in London, 7 April 1687. He matriculated at Oxford as from Hart Hall, 17 March 1703, but on 5 September 1704 entered, as a Gentleman Commoner, at Lincoln College. He left Oxford without taking a degree, and travelled in Italy both at this time, before he was twenty years old, and on subsequent occasions. He died in London on 5 September 1754. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Other Finding Aids

For a full description in Latin see, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae pars prima recensionem codicum Graecorum continens (Oxford, 1853, reprinted with corrections by H. O. Coxe, Oxford, 1969), Adversaria Jacobi Sanctamandi.

Brief one-line descriptions, with shelfmarks and short titles, are in 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. III, nos. 10725-10786.

Custodial History

The following papers (SC no. 10786B) are among some described in an old catalogue of the St. Amand MSS., formed after they came into the Bodleian Library, which are not at present all identified, no. 1219:

  1. Art. 2. 'Briefve Explication de l'Almanac Judaique & Roman par Jean Rose Ecossois daes aan 1630 ecrit.'
  2. Art. 3. 'Common Place Book Lat. & English, begins with Adulation, end Voluptas.'
  3. Art. 4. 'Abridgement of Dolmans (i.e. Parsons) Treatise on succession.'
  4. Art. 15. 'Annals of Engd from 130 to 1666.'
  5. Art. 16. 'Epitome of F. Pauls Hist, of Council of Trent. seed. 6.' [now partly MS. Rawl. D. 843, fols. 32-39.]
  6. Art. 19. 'Memoirs of France from 1549 to 1562, sch. 3.'
  7. Art. 21. 'Lease of MSS. [i.e. Mr. St.] Amand's House in East Street, 1738.' [now MS. Charters Middlesex 157.]
  8. Art. 28. 'A compendious direction to the knowledge of profane history.'

Immediate Source of Acquisition

St. Amand bequeathed his manuscripts and printed books to the Library in 1754, they were recieved in 1755.

This item was recorded in the Summary Catalogue as "among the library records" at the time of cataloguing and cannot be located: SC no. 10785: 'A catalogue of books' and A copy of the will of James St. Amand esq., written in 1754 partly by A. Cruden:

  1. Fol. 1. 'A catalogue of books, being the valuable Library of the deceased James St. Amand Esquire, of East-Street near Red-Lion-Square in the Parish of St. George the Martyr at London: and left by his will to the Bodleian Library... & to Lincoln College. The Catalogue taken in September 1754 by Alexander Cruden, M.A.' The MSS. occupy 'No, 26', nos. 1189-1219: a few later papers are added
  2. Fol. 67. A copy of the will of James St. Amand esq. made 6 June, 1753, proved 17 Sept. 1754, copy certified 16 Dec. 1754


  • The Theocritean collections were used by Thomas Warton for his edition of Theocritus, Oxford 1770.
St. Amand's Adversaria
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