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Falconer Madan Facsimiles


Falconer Madan Facsimiles


“At Oxford there has been established for many years past a Lectureship in Medieval Palaeography which its learned holder, Mr Falconer Madan, has sought to make serviceable ‘for persons studying for the Classical or Modern History Schools.’ … Mr Madan by degrees greatly increased the usefulness of his teaching by the provision of thirty-six facsimiles of manuscripts, which are circulated among the class or can be purchased if desired.”
F. W. Maitland, Essays on the Teaching of History (Oxford, 1903) p.13

Falconer Madan (1851–1935) was the librarian of the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford from 1912-1919. He was the principal author of the first four volumes of A Summary Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford. Thirty-eight plates from Madan’s series of facsimiles of medieval manuscripts, produced as a teaching aid and published in 1907, are currently held by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. A complete set is held by the CRC Special Collections, Edinburgh University Library.

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