Description of Special Collection
Collection Level Description: Routh Manuscripts
- Collection name: Routh Manuscripts
- Collection code: GB 033 ROU
- Date range: 12th - 19th century
- Extent: Several volumes, and fragments
- Language: Latin; English
- Created by: Martin Joseph Routh (1755-1854), collector
- Held by: Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections
- Part of : Routh Collection
The manuscript material which came to Durham consists chiefly of two 15th century manuscripts bound with printed books, several 17th century copies of printed items, notes (largely 18th-19th century) relating to the printed items with which they are bound, and numerous fragments of manuscripts (mainly medieval) used to strengthen bindings.
About the creator:
Martin Joseph Routh (1755-1854), President of Magdalen College, Oxford, was a distinguished patristics scholar and inveterate book collector, who bequeathed his large library (some 23,000 items) to the University of Durham. Apart from those manuscripts bound with printed books, however, his manuscripts were not included in the bequest, and were sold at Sotheby's on 5 July 1855, when sixteen were bought by Sir Thomas Phillipps (nos 14026-41 in his catalogue).
In order of pressmark
See Administrative history above
Open for consultation
Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail PG.Library@durham.ac.uk) and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.
The two medieval manuscripts (S.R.2.B3/2 and S.R.3.A4/2) are described in N. Ker, Medieval manuscripts in British libraries, vol. 2 (Oxford, 1977), 517-521, and they and the more significant medieval fragments are also covered by the "Draft catalogue of medieval manuscripts in the University Library". There is a rough list of the other manuscript material, in pressmark order
Related collections held at Durham:
Routh Library (printed books)
Doyle, A.I., "The Routh Library", Times Literary Supplement, 24 December 1954, p.844.
Doyle, A.I., "Martin Joseph Routh and his books in Durham University Library", Durham University Journal, 48 (1955-6), 100-7.
Index termsRouth, Martin Joseph, 1755-1854.
Date last modified: 18 November 2008