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Notebooks of Philip Bliss


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Miscellaneous literary notebooks of Dr. Philip Bliss (principal of St. Mary hall, Oxford, editor of Wood's Athena Oxonienses, etc. d. 1857), partly bibliographical and partly connected with Oxford history, with many extracts from Hearne's diaries.


  • Creation: 1805-1855


0.65 Linear metres (13 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Top. Oxon. e. 51, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. Top. Oxon. e. 51-63

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12798


Notebooks of Philip Bliss

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Philip Bliss (1787-1857) was an antiquary and editor. He was on the staff of the Bodleian Library from 1808 to about 1813, and 1822-1828. He was Registrar of the University of Oxford (1824-1853), Keeper of the Archives (1826-1857), and Principal of St. Mary Hall (from 1848 until his death in 1857). 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. VI, nos. 31573-31585.

Custodial History

The items were nos. 18136-8, 18130, 18139-42, 18114, 18128-9, 18135 in the Phillipps Library, and were lot 47 in the Phillipps sale June 1893: when they were bought by the Bodleian.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were bought by the Bodleian at the Phillipps sale, June 1893.

Related Materials

See also Bliss Manuscripts (Antiq. d. G. 1670/1; Gen. Top. 4° 141; Oxon 4° 69; MSS. Fairfax 40; Top. Oxon. c. 8-12, c. 38, d. 387) and Oxford University Registers (MSS. Top. Oxon. b. 47, c. 143-8, d. 64-71, e. 98).

Notebooks of Philip Bliss
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