Libri Manuscripts

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Add. A. 4-6, A. 8-10, A. 12-21, A. 23, A. 28-9, A. 36, A. 163-7, A. 170-1, A. 173, A. 176, B. 54, C. 1-15, C. 135, C. 137-9, C. 145, C. 147, C. 149-51, D. 3, D. 46; Auct. T. 5. 28-9, T. 6. 1, T. inf. 2. 3; Bodl. 1024-9; Ital. b. 2; Lat. liturg. b. 2
  • Dates of Creation
      10th-18th century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      Latin, Italian, and Ancient Greek (to 1453).
  • Physical Description
      68 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous manuscripts collected by Libri, including papers relating to classical literature, religion and medicine.

Administrative / Biographical History

Guillaume (Guglielmo) Libri (count Libri-Carucci) was born at Florence in 1803, and became Professor of Mathematical Physics at Pisa in 1823. Soon after 1830 he was expelled from Italy for holding liberal opinions in politics, and became naturalized in France, and in 1833 was elected a Member of the Institute. In about 1847 he was accused of stealing valuable books, both manuscript and printed, from public libraries in France. In 1850 he was found guilty, but as he was domiciled in England from 1848 to 1868 he escaped the penalties pronounced. He died at Fiesole on 28 September 1869.

Conditions Governing Access

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 purchased at Sotheby's in 1859.


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. V, nos. 24709-24778.