Papers of Bertram Dobell

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Dobell a. 1, c. 1-60, d. 1-18, e. 1-71, f. 1-28, g. 1-2
  • Dates of Creation
      c. 1820-1914
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      180 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Correspondence, diaries and literary papers of Dobell, including literary papers relating to the poet James Thomson (1834-1882).

Administrative / Biographical History

Bertram Dobell (1842-1914) was a bookseller and man of letters. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

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

Bought, with a collection of printed books and MS. Ch. London & Middlesex 588, from Rosemary Dobell, 1972


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

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 38445-624.

Related Material

Bodleian Library also holds a collection of papers by and about Thomson: see James Thomson Papers (MSS. Don. c. 73, d. 104-10, e. 36-50, f. 8-24, g. 1-7). See also the Research papers of Henry Salt on James Thomson, 1886-1906 (MSS. Eng. c. 2383-4).