Notebook of Sir Henry Savile, with a description by P.E. Matheson

Scope and Content

Notebook of Sir Henry Savile compiled during a continental tour, c. 1581. The notebook includes a commentary on Aristotle, Meteorologica, dated '10 Maij. 1581. Vratislaviae' (Wroclaw, Poland); notes in Italian on scientific subjects; and extracts from Themistius on the Posterior Analytics. Savile's name does not appear; the attribution to him is made by Gamillscheg & Harlfinger (IA, p. 79, no. 116) on the basis of the Greek script.

The accompanying MSS (MS. Eng. misc. d. 204) is a description of the notebook by P.E. Matheson.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Henry Savile (1549-1622) was a scholar, see the Dictionary of National Biography for further details.

Percy Ewing Matheson (1859-1946) was a Fellow of New College (1881-1946), and a classical scholar.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Given to the Library by P.E. Matheson in 1930.


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, 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. II, nos. 47390-1.

Related Material

See the Savile Manuscripts (MSS. Savile 1-52); and the Savile Collection (Savile G. 18, G. 20; MSS. Rigaud 3-33, 33A, 34-51, 53-7, 60-8; MSS. Savile 53-60, 63-73, 74a, 74b, 75-95, 97-105, a. 1-17, c. 1-2, e. 1-10).