Selden, John, 1584-1654

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Birth 1584-12-16
Death 1654-11-30
English, Latin

Biographical notes:

John Selden (1584-1654) was a lawyer, parliamentarian and a scholar. His De Diis Syris (1617) established his credentials as an orientalist, which were consolidated by his later studies in rabbinical law. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography .

From the guide to the Oriental manuscripts of John Selden, 13th-17th century, (University of Oxford, Department of Oriental Collections, Bodleian Library)

English jurist.

From the description of Autograph signature to document, 1650 July 22. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270664616

John Selden was a legal historian and antiquarian whose works included the influential History of Tithes (1628) and De jure naturali (1640). He is also known for the posthumously published Table-Talk (1689), short comments on religious and moral issues.

From the description of Privileges of the baronage of England when they sitt in Parliament / collected by Mr. Selden of the Inner Temple, 1620s. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702193912

Epithet: of Sloane MS 1199

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000707.0x000373

Epithet: of Stowe MS 153

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000707.0x000374

Epithet: of Hargrave MS 165

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000707.0x000372


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  • Aphorisms and apothegms--17th century
  • Manuscripts, Turkish
  • Manuscripts, Persian
  • Table-talk--Early works to 1800
  • Library catalogs--17th century
  • Tithes--History--Early works to 1800
  • Inheritance and succession--Early works to 1800
  • Mathematics
  • Arabic language
  • Theology
  • Probate law and practice--Early works to 1800
  • Conduct of life--17th century
  • Astronomy
  • Law--Study and teaching
  • Talmud
  • Ecclesiastical law--Early works to 1800
  • Law--History
  • Arabic literature
  • Manuscripts, Hebrew
  • Conduct of life--Quotations, maxims, etc
  • Manuscripts, Arabic
  • Jewish law
  • Nobility--Early works to 1800


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