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Correspondence and papers of John Selden, with some manuscripts owned by him, including:

  1. Correspondence, 1616-54
  2. Papers relating to political affairs, early English history, and legal affairs during Charles I's reign
  3. Lectures on Aristotle given at the Jesuit College, Rome, late 16th century
  4. Lectures on St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, and related questions, probably given at the Jesuit College, Rome, early 17th century


  • Creation: 1598-1655


4.95 Linear metres (45 boxes)

Language of Materials

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

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Selden supra 108, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Selden supra 108-151

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 7565, 7567, 8865, 9320, 17511, 17514


Correspondence and papers of John Selden, with some manuscripts owned by him.

Biographical / Historical

John Selden (1584-1654) was a jurist, MP and antiquary. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The majority of the manuscripts were bought from James Fairhurst in 1942 and 1947.

Related Materials

Other papers of Selden are listed in Summary Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (7 vols., Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, Kraus Reprint, 1980), nos. 3134-3490.

Selden Manuscripts
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Pauline Soum-Paris
EAD version 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom