Fonds GB 0210 MSBDILLON - Bourdillon Manuscripts,

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Bourdillon Manuscripts,


  • [13 cent.]-[1922]. (Creation)

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Extent and medium

148 volumes : Many of the older manuscripts are illuminated, on vellum.

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Name of creator

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.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Trustees of the late F. W. Bourdillon; Purchase; 1922

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Scope and content

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.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

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

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

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Script of material

Language and script notes

French, unless otherwise specified.

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Finding aids

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

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Publication note

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

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Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.


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Dates of creation revision deletion

October 2005.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Siân Medi Davies for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS;

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