Beke, Charles Tilstone (1800-1874), Ph.D., Abyssinian explorer

  • Beke, Charles Tilstone, 1800-1874
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


Correspondence, papers and journals of Charles Tilstone Beke, principally relating to Abyssinia and the Middle East, with papers of his wife Emily Beke (née Alston). The collection holds information on all aspects of Beke's career, from his early legal training to the search for employment and financial security of his final years. His intervening travels, geographical and biblical studies and resulting publications are documented by journals, notebooks and printed material. Correspondence includes that generated during Beke's secretaryship of the National Association for the Protection of Industry and Capital throughout the British Empire; and generally reflects a wide range of scholarly acquaintance and interests. Supplementary papers of Emily Beke record her championing of C.T. Beke's posthumous reputation, and her attempts to gain recompense for his occasional government service.



Physical description

14 files, 11 volumes

Acquisition note

Most of the correspondence and Beke's copy of The idol in Horeb were purchased from Hodgson's in October 1913. The provenance and date of receipt of the journals, notebooks and printed papers is not recorded. The letter from Mansfield Parkyns was purchased at Glendining's, 17 Sept. 1934.

Related material

At other repositories:

Beke's journals and diaries for the period 1840-1843, covering his early travels in Abyssinia, are in the British Library (Add. Mss. 30247-52).

Finding aids

Described in typescript supplements by Richard Palmer, Keith Moore, Richard Aspin and Christopher Hilton to the Library's published published manuscript catalogues.

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Accession number

  • Various - see Acquisition note.