Manuscripts of James P.R. Lyell

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Ch. For. 112, 114-5; Lyell 1-100; Lyell empt. 1-65; Top. Oxon e. 772
  • Dates of Creation
      11th-20th century
  • Language of Material
      Latin, French, English, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish or Castilian, Ancient Greek (to 1453), Hebrew, Arabic, and Spanish or Castilian.
  • Physical Description
      169 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Manuscripts, mainly medieval, collected by Lyell, arranged in the following categories:

  • British Isles
  • France
  • Germany and Austria
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Arabic
  • Lyell empt.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Patrick Ronaldson Lyell (1871-1948) was a collector of printed books and manuscripts.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

The manuscripts were bequeathed to the Library by Lyell in 1948.


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

Other Finding Aids

A.C. de la Mare, Catalogue ... of Medieval Manuscripts Bequeathed ... by James P.R. Lyell (Oxford, 1971)

Related Material

See also Papers of James Patrick Ronaldson Lyell (MSS. Eng. c. 3203-12, d. 2412-5, e. 2776-80).