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Fell Manuscripts


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Fell's medieval and antiquarian manuscripts, including lives of saints.


  • Creation: 12th-17th century


2.20 Linear metres (17 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • Greek, Ancient (to 1453)

Preferred Citation

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

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Fell 2, 5-20

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12952


Manuscripts collected by John Fell.

Biographical / Historical

John Fell was born in 1625. After an education at Thame School he was made a student of Christ Church, Oxford, at the age of eleven. Thence he took his MA in 1643. In 1660 he became Dean of Christ Church and in 1675 he was elected Bishop of Oxford. He died on 10 July 1686. 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. II, nos. 8687-8708.

For full description in English, see: Payne Smith, R., Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum bibliothecae bodleianae pars sexta codices Syriacos, Carshunicos, Mendaeos (Oxford, 1864).

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), Fell.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were bequeathed to the Library by Fell in 1686.

MSS. Fell 1, 3 and 4 are now Salisbury Cathedral Library MSS. 222, 223 and 221. Microfilm copies of MSS. Fell 1 and 3 (MS. Film 1782) and MS. Fell 4 (MS. Film. 1878) are available in the Bodleian Library.

Related Materials

Microfilm copies of MSS. Fell 1 and 3 (MS. Film 1782) and MS. Fell 4 (MS. Film. 1878) are available in the Bodleian Library.

Some of the letters of this great churchman and scholar are in Add. MS. 11046 in the British Museum, fifteen addressed to Isaac Vossius are in MSS. D'Orville 468-471, and others are amongst the Rawlinson MSS.

Fell Manuscripts
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; 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