The Oliver Beckerlegge Bible Collection

Ref: Special Collection
Title: The Oliver Beckerlegge Bible Collection

Scope: A collection of 198 bibles from the personal library of Oliver Aveyard Beckerlegge dating from the 15th to the 20th centuries.

Dates: 15th century to 20th century
Extent: 198 vols.
Name of creator: Oliver Aveyard Beckerlegge

The Oliver Beckerlegge Bible Collection

Administrative/biographical history:

Oliver Aveyard Beckerlegge was born into a Methodist home in 1913 in Sheffield. He studied Modern Languages at the University of Sheffield, graduating as B.A. in 1935, as M.A. in 1936, and with a PhD in 1940. His PhD was an edition of an early medieval text from the Bibliotheque Nationale, published in 1944 as Le Secré de Secrez, by Pierre d’Abernun of Fetcham by the Anglo-Norman Text Society.

Beckerlegge spent time teaching in Germany after which he returned to the United Kingdom and took up a teaching post in Derby. In 1944 he published A School Certificate Revision Course of Exercises in German. In 1943, he was accepted as a candidate for the Methodist ministry and trained at Richmond College; he served on the circuit for many years. He also wrote extensively on radical Methodism, was an expert on John and Charles Wesley, as well as editing hymnals and books of poetry. Throughout his life, he was a keen collector of early printed bibles. Oliver Beckerlegge died in February of 2003 and his collection of early printed bibles was donated to the University Library by his daughter in 2013.

  • Related collections: Parish Libraries Collection; Rare Book Collection
  • Source: Donated by Dr Honor J. Aldred in 2013
  • System of arrangement: Numerical
  • Subjects: Bibles; Sacred books; Religious literature
  • Names: Beckerlegge, Oliver A.
  • Conditions of access: Available to all researchers, by appointment
  • Restrictions: None
  • Finding aids: Listed and catalogued