Volumes Containing Joseph Bosworth's Anglo-Saxon Dictionary

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. lang. b. 1-11
  • Dates of Creation
      [ca. 1838-1926]
  • Language of Material
      English, and Old English (ca.450-1100).
  • Physical Description
      11 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Joseph Bosworth, A dictionary of the Anglo-Saxon Language (London, etc., 1838), letters F-Y, cut up and pasted into eleven volumes, with notes and additions in Bosworth's hand, and in two other hands, one probably that of T.N. Toller, whose Anglo-Saxon dictionary based on the manuscript collections of the late Joseph Bosworth, was published at Oxford, 1882.

Administrative / Biographical History

Joseph Bosworth (1789-1876) was an Anglo-Saxon scholar and lexicographer. He was Rawlinson Professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Oxford. 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 http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollections).

Acquisition Information

The collection was given to the Library by Bosworth's executors, 1876-8. It was lent to T.N. Toller, and returned to the Library in 1926.


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. 40377-87.

Related Material

See also Bosworth Manuscripts (MSS. Add. A. 229-37, A. 374-8, C. 293-5).


See Scope and Content.