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Letters Collected by William Upcott


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Letters of antiquaries, topographical writers and heralds, collected by William Upcott and arranged alphabetically in four volumes, A-C, D-K, L-P, R-Y, in 1835. Many of the letters are addressed to publishers and booksellers. The collection includes 70 engraved portraits and many printed proposals to publish antiquarian and topographical works.


  • Creation: 17th-19th century


0.20 Linear metres (4 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Don. d. 87, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. Don. d. 87-90

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13424


Letters Collected by William Upcott

Biographical / Historical

William Upcott (1779-1845) was an antiquary and autograph collector. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Custodial History

R. H. Evans, 22 June 1846 (Upcott sale), lot 491; Phillipps MS. 12117.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The letters were bought at Sotheby's in 1946 and given to the Library by the Friends of the Bodleian in 1947.


  • Some of the letters are printed in John Nichols, Illustrations of the literary history of the eighteenth century (London, 1817-58); all are published in microform, with an index, as part of The Upcott collection of literary autographs, 1765-1830 (Teaneck, N.J., 1975).
Letters Collected by William Upcott
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
EAD version 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom