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Octave Delepierre papers


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Joseph Octave Delepierre (1802-1879) was born in Bruges, Belgium in an upper-middle class family. He attended the University of Ghent, graduated with a law degree and became the archivist of West Flanders, a province of Belgium. His published works and collection of books and antiques quickly earned him a reputation as an intellectual leader and attracted important visitors. One such important individual, Sylvain Van de Weyer, encouraged Delepierre to move to London in 1843; and in 1849, Van de Weyer appointed him secretary of legation, a position which he held for thirty-five years. He also served as Belgian consul in London. There he published some of his most important works including an account of early French farces in the British Museum; "Macaronéana" and "Macaronéana Andra;" a history of Flemish literature; and a supplement to Querard's "Supercheries Littéraires."

Octave Delepierre also managed a very active social life. While in London, he held Sunday evening receptions which were attended by well-known artistic men and women. He was married twice, was a member of the Philobiblon Society (serving as an honorary secretary), a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and a member of many other English, Belgian and French societies, all the time publishing both articles for those societies as well as works for greater readership.

This collection consists of correspondence and writings in the form of notes, clippings, reviews, articles and verses which relate to Delepierre's research on a range of subjects, including history, ancient literature, national bibliography, and archaeology. The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by author of the letter. The writings include both original writings by Octave Delepierre and extracts and notes made by Delepierre. The writings are arranged alphabetically by title of the work; and when the author is known, it is included in the folder title.

Most material is in English, but the poems frequently have lines or phrases in Latin, French, German or Greek.

Sold by E. Joseph Bookseller, 1953.

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Finding Aid Author
Clémence Scouten
Finding Aid Date
2015 April 22
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Altmeyer, Jean-Jacques, 1838.
Box 1 Folder 1
Bogaerts, Félix, 1835.
Box 1 Folder 2
Biebuyck, Emilio, 1879.
Box 1 Folder 3
British Musem, 1848.
Box 1 Folder 4
Bruyssel, Ernest van, 1861-1863.
Box 1 Folder 5
Collin de Plancy, Jaques-Albin-Simon, 1835-1839.
Box 1 Folder 6
Congres Scientifique de Belgique, 1836.
Box 1 Folder 7
Decker, Pierre D., 1838.
Box 1 Folder 8
De Lelaurt, Charles, Sr., 1837.
Box 1 Folder 9
Delepierre, Octave, letters to M. [Ashbee], Thomas Frognall Dibdin, and Sylvain Van de Weyer , 1842.
Box 1 Folder 10
Derony, undated.
Box 1 Folder 11
Edwards, 1837.
Box 1 Folder 12
Evan, B., 1846.
Box 1 Folder 13
Gay, Jules, 1876.
Box 1 Folder 14
Gheldolf, Albert Eugene Marie, 1837.
Box 1 Folder 15
Goethals, Felix-Victor, 1837.
Box 1 Folder 16
Kervyn de Lettenhove, Joseph Marie Bruno Constantin, Baron, 1846.
Box 1 Folder 17
Lambin, Jan-Jacques, 1835-1836.
Box 1 Folder 18
Langerman, 1846.
Box 1 Folder 19
Le Roy, Alphonse, 1872.
Box 1 Folder 20
"Lettres particulière qui m'ont été adresser par plusieurs hommes marquant sur ma position et sur ma arranger", 1853-1868.
Box 2 Folder 78
Maldeghem, 1847.
Box 1 Folder 21
Marchal, M., 1836.
Box 1 Folder 22
Municipale de la ville de Bruxelles, 1837.
Box 1 Folder 23
Murte, 1871.
Box 1 Folder 24
Nemebent, Fred, 1839-1857.
Box 1 Folder 25
Payen, Jean-Francois, 1860-1861.
Box 1 Folder 26
Polain, Matthieu Lambert, 1836-1839.
Box 1 Folder 27
Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, 1845.
Box 1 Folder 28
Praetorius, Edward on behalf of Queen Victoria, 1845.
Box 1 Folder 28
Reiffenberg, Frederic-Auguste-Ferdinand-Thomas, Baron, 1835-1837.
Box 1 Folder 29
St. Genois, Jules de, Baron, 1837-1838.
Box 1 Folder 30
Schayes, A.G.B., 1838.
Box 1 Folder 31
Serrure, C.P., 1837.
Box 1 Folder 32
Société Typographique Belge, 1857-1858.
Box 1 Folder 33
Stassart, Goswin Joseph Augustin, Baron de, 1835-1837.
Box 1 Folder 34
Thomas, Francis Sheppard, 1848.
Box 1 Folder 35
Tommet, J., circa 1870.
Box 1 Folder 36
Voisin, Auguste, 1836-1838.
Box 1 Folder 37
Willems, Jan-Frans, 1837.
Box 1 Folder 38
Unidentified authors of letters, 1836-1848.
Box 1 Folder 39

"Adam, Bell Clym of the Clough, and William of Cloudesly, extract from Thomas Percy's Reliquies of Ancient English Poetry : Consisting of Old Heroic Ballads, Songs, and other Pieces of our earlier Poets, circa 1853.
Box 1 Folder 39
"Analyse de l'Histoire Universelle de Cantu", undated.
Box 1 Folder 40
"Analyse des ouvrages publiés par l Société Historique" Anglaise, undated.
Box 1 Folder 41
"Belgiana", undated.
Box 1 Folder 42
"Cours de littérature générale", undated.
Box 1 Folder 43
"De B. Oringa sive christiana virgine in Etruria", undated.
Box 1 Folder 44
"De vita et visionibus," by [S. Fursei], undated.
Box 1 Folder 45
"From the Dialogues of Gregoirie, surnamed the Greate Pope of Rome", undated.
Box 1 Folder 46
"Doutes sur le Colosse de Rhodes," par Charles Ferdinand Lüders, undated.
Box 1 Folder 47
"Doutes sur la correspondence amoureuse d'Heloise et d'Aboulard", undated.
Box 1 Folder 48
"Du danger pour la morale de lire Platon," by Sylvain van de Weyer, undated.
Box 1 Folder 49
"Du lieu de l'enfer", undated.
Box 1 Folder 50
"Du Pastiche, supposition d'auteurs et des genres similaires," par Octave Delepierre , undated.
Box 1 Folder 51
"Epistola XX-XXI: Boniface to Eadburg", 1850.
Box 1 Folder 52
"Essai historique sur les usages, les croyances, les traditions...", undated.
Box 1 Folder 53
"An essay on the archeology of our popular and nursery rhymes," by John Bellenden Ker, undated.
Box 1 Folder 54
Extract from Speculo Historiale, by Vincentio Bellovicensi, undated.
Box 1 Folder 55
"The Flemings of French Flanders", undated.
Box 1 Folder 56
Genealogy of Waseer and Gand Families, undated.
Box 1 Folder 57
"Grande Chronique de Mathieu Paris," traduite par A. Huillard-Bréholles, 1840.
Box 1 Folder 58
"Histoire [ver fonter] l'impression", undated.
Box 1 Folder 59
"Le temps se mesure par années, par mois et par jours", undated.
Box 1 Folder 60
Les Métaphysiciens et Philosophes Belges, undated.
Box 2 Folder 61
"Libellus de Visione Uguentini monachi ex Libro Trium Virorum", undated.
Box 2 Folder 62
"Litterature Grecque (Homère)" and other Greek-related material, undated.
Box 2 Folder 63
"Parodies anglaises", undated.
Box 2 Folder 64
"Portefeuille d'un Bibliophile," par Octave Delepierre, undated.
Box 2 Folder 65
"Précis historique des minstères et hautes administrations de Grande Bretagne ," par Octave Delepierre, undated.
Box 2 Folder 66
Proverbs collected by Delepierre, undated.
Box 2 Folder 67
Proverbs collected by Delepierre, binder originally containing (empty), undated.
Box 2 Folder 73
"Rapport sur de l'organization administrative et financière des communes en Angleterre", undated.
Box 2 Folder 68
"Recueil de farces, moralités et sermons joyeux, publié d'après le manuscrit de la Bibliothèque Royale", undated.
Box 2 Folder 69
"Tableau de la situation industrielle et commerciale de la France en 1848", undated.
Box 2 Folder 70
"La Légende de G. Tell," translation of and material relating to William Tell (Guillaume Tell) by Dr. Jules Louis Deler, [Haeusser] and John Joseph Hisely, 1836.
Box 2 Folder 70
Georg Varrentrapp's L'Emprisonnement individuel sous le rapport sanitaire, translated by Octave Delepierre, 1844.
Box 2 Folder 71
"Vision du moine d'Eversham", undated.
Box 2 Folder 72
List of works by and edited by Delepierre, undated.
Box 2 Folder 74
"A Cook's Grievances," newspaper clipping regarding lost baggage of a culinary nature, undated.
Box 2 Folder 75
Sketches on tracing paper, undated.
Box 2 Folder 76
"The Retaliation" by "H. Holl", 1857.
Box 2 Folder 77
Untitled notes and writings, undated.
Box 2 Folder 79

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