Uppsala, Universitetsbibliotek, MS H. 248

  • 1625/6
  • Irish manuscripts
H. 248
Philippi OSulleuani Bearri Hiberni Vindiciae Hibernicae contra Giraldum Cambrensem et alios vel Zoilomastigis liber primus, 2, 3, 4 et 5 et contra Stanihurstum
Manuscript containing an autograph copy of the Zoilomastix (c. 1625/6) by Philip O'Sullivan Beare.
Provenance and related aspects
c. 1625/6
Hands, scribes
Philip O'Sullivan BeareÓ Súilleabháin Béirre (Pilib) (d. 1634 or after) – Irish historian and author, of the O'Sullivans of Beare and Bantry, who lived as an exile in Spain and Portugal, following the Nine Years’ War and the Irish defeat at Kinsale. He wrote a number of Latin treatises on subjects of Irish interest.
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Later history
The manuscript was acquired in Madrid in 1690 by the Swedish antiquary and diplomat J. G. Sparwenfeld. The work was considered lost until it was brought to light at Carolina Rediviva in 1932 (see McKendry and O'Donnell).

The list below has been collated from the table of contents (if available on this page)Progress in this area is being made piecemeal. Full and partial tables of contents are available for a small number of manuscripts. and incoming annotations concerning individual texts (again, if available).Whenever catalogue entries about texts are annotated with information about particular manuscript witnesses, these manuscripts can be queried for the texts that are linked to them.


Primary sources This section typically includes references to diplomatic editions, facsimiles and photographic reproductions, notably digital image archives, of at least a major portion of the manuscript. For editions of individual texts, see their separate entries.

[ed.] O'Donnell, Thomas J. [ed.], Selections from the Zoilomastix of Philip O'Sullivan Beare, Dublin: Stationery Office for the Irish Manuscripts Commission, 1960.

Secondary sources (select)

McKendry, Eugene, “J. G. Sparwenfeldt and Celtic linguistics in seventeenth-century Sweden”, in: Cram, David, Andrew Linn, and Elke Nowak (eds), History of linguistics 1996: selected papers from the Seventh International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences, Oxford, 12–17 September 1996, vol. 1: Traditions in linguistics worldwide., Amsterdam, Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 1999. 181–189.
McKendry, Eugene, “J. G. Sparwenfeldt’s contribution to Irish and Celtic material in Sweden”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 49–50 (1997): 516–531.
Dennis Groenewegen
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