Meerman Manuscripts

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Auct. T. 1.1-22, 2.1-17
  • Dates of Creation
      11th-17th century
  • Language of Material
      Ancient Greek (to 1453), and Latin.
  • Physical Description
      59 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Manuscripts of Jan Meerman, consisting of Greek and Latin manuscripts.

Administrative / Biographical History

Jan Meerman, only son of Geraard Meerman, the author of the Origines Typographicae (1765), was born at the Hague, 1 November 1753, and educated at Gttingen and Leiden. On his father's death in 1771 he seems to have inherited a large library and sufficient means to enable him to follow out his literary tastes, but political ambition prevented him from producing any great work. He died on 15 December 1815.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The manuscripts were purchased at the Hague in 1824.


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. IV, nos. 20579-20637.

Henry O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae pars prima recensionem codicum Graecorum continens (Oxford, 1853; reprinted with corrections, 1969).

Personal Names