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Manuscripts collected by Richard Heber, including material relating to Latin inscriptions, Latin language, the University of Oxford, 18th century literary figures, northern dialect and Greek history, BC 400-BC 320.


  • Creation: 13th-19th century


1.48 Linear metres (14 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Add. A. 25].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Add. A. 25, A. 172, C. 142-143; Auct. T. v. 19, Auct. V. 2 infra 2 16-20; Malone 30; Top. gen. e. 47; Top. Oxon. c. 26-27

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13008


Manuscripts collected by Richard Heber, 13th-19th century

Biographical / Historical

Richard Heber (1773-1833) was an MP, book collector and classical scholar. 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. 28397-28411.

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Add. A., MSS. Add. C..

For a full description in Latin of Greek items in this collection see, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae pars prima recensionem codicum Graecorum continens (Oxford, 1853, reprinted with corrections by H. O. Coxe, Oxford, 1969).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were either bought through Thomas Rodd at the Richard Heber sale, Part xi (manuscripts), 10-20 February 1836, or were purchased within the year from Thomas Thorpe, the London bookseller, who had previously obtained them at the sale.

Originally, another manuscript was part of this collection but not found at the time A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (Falconer Madan, et al.), was written. The manuscript was a 'Catalogue of [William] Prynne's Publications in Chronological Order, with additions by Mr. Heber'. The Summary Catalogue description notes: "see MS. Add. B. 77, fols. 52-54."

Related Materials

See also Heber (Yriarte) Spanish Manuscripts (MSS. Add. A. 136-157, C. 126-129) and Heber Family Papers (MSS. Eng. lett. c. 202-209, d. 197-215; Eng. misc. b. 78, c. 406-408, d. 619-620, e. 568-577, f. 392-394, g. 62-74; Eng. poet. c. 56, e. 110-111, f. 28; French e. 28; Lat. misc. e. 106-107; Lat. th. e. 45; Top. gen. e. 84, f. 36).

Heber Manuscripts
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2020 by Pauline Soum-Paris
EAD version 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom