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Bourdillon, F. W., manuscripts collection

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MSBDILLON

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Bourdillon Manuscripts

Short Title: Bourdillon, F. W., manuscripts collection

Creation date(s): [13 cent.]-[1922]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 148 volumes

Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history: Francis William Bourdillon (1852-1921) of Buddington, Midhurst, Surrey, made a special study of medieval French romances, particularly 'Le Roman de la Rose'. For this purpose he had brought together an extensive collection of manuscripts and early printed editions of certain French romances and of books of reference relating to various aspects of this study.


Scope and content/abstract: Manuscripts, [13 cent.]-[1922], from the library of Francis William Bourdillon, containing a wealth of romance literature, in particular manuscript and printed editions of the Roman de la Rose. The collection contains original manuscripts, transcripts, translations and notes and includes romances, poetry, 'chansons de geste', biographies, chronicles, medieval manuscripts, commonplace books, public records, songs, hymns, sermons, prayers, inscriptions, terriers, and recipes.


Language/scripts of material: French, English, Latin, some Greek and German

System of arrangement: Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 5001-5148.

Conditions governing access:

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids: The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume I (Aberystwyth, 1943).


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased from the Trustees of the late F. W. Bourdillon, 1922.


Publication note: F. W. Bourdillon, The Early Editions of the Roman de le Rose (London : Bibliographical Society, 1906)


Note: Title based on contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Description compiled by Siân Medi Davies for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: October 2005

Bourdillon, Francis William, | 1852-1921 | Archives
Chansons de geste
French poetry | To 1500
Manuscripts, French
Manuscripts, Medieval

Personal names
Bourdillon , Francis William , 1852-1921

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