Early Modern Manuscripts

There are over 150 early modern manuscripts in St John’s College Library. A draft catalogue has been compiled by Stewart Tiley. This catalogue is not currently accessible online, though an index can be viewed online or downloaded as a pdf here.

A full digital edition of one of our early modern manuscripts is currently available online (see below). Please note that personal papers relating to prominent literary alumni are covered on the St John’s College website.

Oxford, St John’s College, MS 279, fol. 2r

MS 279

A collection of six letters written by the novelist Jane Austen (d.1817) and members of her family.

A digital edition (complete with images, descriptions, and diplomatic transcriptions) is available here via the Taylor Editions website. It was edited by Simone Gaddes.

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