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Manuscripts of Grabe, relating to theological Greek manuscripts.


  • Creation: 16th-18th century


6.05 Linear metres (55 boxes)

Language of Materials

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

Preferred Citation

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

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Grabe 1-40, 41a-c, 42-53

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12839


Adversaria Grabii

Biographical / Historical

Johann Ernst Grabe was born in 1666, at Königsberg in Prussia, and was brought up a Lutheran. In 1695 he decided to enter the Church of Rome, but was persuaded instead to turn to England and join the Church of England. From about 1696 till his death on 3 November 1711 he applied himself ardently to theological study, chiefly in Oxford: he received a D.D. degree on 27 April 1706, and was soon after offered the Margaret Professorship of Divinity. Further details are given in the 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. III, nos. 9711-9765.

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), Grabe.

Custodial History

Grabe's manuscripts passed by his will first to Dr Hickes, next after the death of the latter in 1715 to George Smalridge, Bishop of Bristol, and finally on his death in 1719 to the Bodleian Library, which soon after received them, although the Benefaction Register enters them under 1724.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were acquired by the Bodleian in 1719.

Adversaria Grabii
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrat; EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
EAD version 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom