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Montagu Manuscripts


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Manuscripts collected by Captain Montagu. The collection includes:

  1. copies of works by classical authors;
  2. English and Italian poetry;
  3. papers relating to the works of Shakespeare.


  • Creation: 15th-19th century


3.52 Linear metres (62 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin
  • Italian
  • French
  • German
  • Greek, Ancient (to 1453)

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Montagu c. 1].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Montagu c. 1-6, d. 1-33, 20*, 21*, 21b, 21d, 21e, e. 1-16, f. 1; Illustrated 200*.

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13236


Manuscripts collected by Captain Montagu, 15th-19th century.

Biographical / Historical

Captain Montagu Montagu, RN (1787-1863), who entered the navy in 1799, was an author and autograph collector.

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. 25397-25458.

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Montagu..

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were bequeathed to the Library by Captain Montagu in 1863.

Related Materials

In the series of 'Montagu Illustrated' printed books, bequeathed by capt. Montagu, the following contain manuscript matter of some interest:--nos. 143-7, 185 (all relating to Scarborough), and 199 (Athenæum Club, London). Two autograph poems of Mary queen of Scots (begg. 'O Signeur Dieu', 'Que suisie, helas') and a letter by queen Elizabeth (May, 1587), in French--which are now in MS. Add. C. 92 (nos. 8, 9, 10)--were once in the Montagu collection: see also no. 16177, art. (g).

Montagu 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