Adversaria Grabii

Scope and Content

Manuscripts of Grabe, relating to theological Greek manuscripts.

Administrative / Biographical History

Johann Ernst Grabe was born in 1666, at Knigsberg in Prussia, and was brought up a Lutheran. In 1695 he decided to enter the Church of Rome, but was persuaded instead to turn to England and join the Church of England. From about 1696 till his death on 3 November 1711 he applied himself ardently to theological study, chiefly in Oxford: he received a D.D. degree on 27 April 1706, and was soon after offered the Margaret Professorship of Divinity. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

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Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

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. III, nos. 9711-9765.

Full descriptions, in Latin, of the Greek manuscripts are in Henry O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae pars prima recensionem codicum Graecorum continens (Oxford, 1853; reprinted with corrections, 1969).

Custodial History

Grabe's manuscripts passed by his will first to Dr Hickes, next after the death of the latter in 1715 to George Smalridge, Bishop of Bristol, and finally on his death in 1719 to the Bodleian Library, which soon after received them, although the Benefaction Register enters them under 1724.