Reference numberRB/1
Previous numbersBP
TitleBoyle Papers
Date17th century
DescriptionThese comprise forty six volumes of papers of folio or quarto format, and include philosophical, scientific, theological and other papers. Most aspects of Boyle's life and works are represented. They are very roughly sorted by subject;
Theology Volumes 1-7, 11-15
Philosophy Volumes 8-10, 16
Physiology Volumes 17-19
Science Volumes 20-34
Miscellaneous Volumes 35-46

Boyles' writings vary in size and importance from slips bearing notes and aphorisms to drafts of published and incomplete works (including 'The Christian Virtuoso'). Not all are in Boyle's hand, as he employed several secretaries; in addition, multiple copies or drafts of some papers are common
Extent46 volumes
Physical descriptionLeather bound volumes, rebound in 1990
ArrangementRoughly sorted by subject, an arangement which dates from the Victorian period, when the Papers were bound in their current form, and each volume has a nineteenth-century contents page with a title which is noted in its general description. However, the content is far more miscellaneous than the lists on these pages imply.
Access statusOpen
Related materialSee also Early Letters (EL)
CopiesVolumes BP 3, 8, 9, 17, 18, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 38, 44 have been digitally copied
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