Notes and extracts from Bodleian and Ashmolean MSS. and printed books, with a few personal papers
Notes and extracts from Bodleian and Ashmolean MSS. and printed books, with a few personal papers, all written by Edmund Malone, and chiefly bearing on his projected edition of Aubrey's Lives and on his Shakespearian researches.
- Creation: 1792-1808
0.33 Linear metres (3 physical shelfmarks)
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Malone 33, fols. 1-2].
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MSS. Malone 33-35
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 18647
Notes and extracts from Bodleian and Ashmolean MSS. and printed books, with a few personal papers, written in 1792-1808 by E. Malone.
Biographical / Historical
Edmund Malone (1741-1812), critic and author, was born in at Dublin, and graduated at Trinity College, Dublin, in 1762. In 1763 he entered the society of the Inner Temple in London, and soon became a friend of Johson, Reynolds, Boswell, Burke, and other literary celebrities. His interest in Shakespeare dates from 1777, and resulted in an edition of his works in 1790 (11 volumes) and many corrections and additions for a new issue which only came out after his death, in 1821 (21 volumes). In connection with Shakespeare, Malone systematically purchased early English plays and formed a very large and valuable collection. In 1782 he exposed Chatterton's Rowley poems, and in 1796 Ireland's Shakespeare forgeries. He issued an edition of Dryden in 1800. On 5 July 1793 he received the honorary degree of DCL at Oxford, having in that year been engaged in research at the Ashmolean Museum and Bodleian. 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. V, nos. 28707-28709.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Lot 159 in the S. W. Singer sale, Aug. 3, 1858: bought by the Library for 10s.
- Notes and extracts from Bodleian and Ashmolean MSS. and printed books, with a few personal papers
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