Catalogue of manuscripts acquired singly: literary manuscripts
Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
Single literary manuscripts acquired by the Bodleian Library by purchase, bequest or donation since 1975.
Manuscript Microcosmographie by John Earle, before 1625
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3868
Extent: iv leaves, 280 leaves (111-280 blank)
Binding: Full calf with tooled borders
Manuscript fair copy of John Earle's Micro-cosmographie or, a Peece of the World discovered; in Essayes and Characters lacking title and written probably before 1625. It is one of the copies referred to by Edward Blount in the preface to the
anonymous first edition
The manuscript differs from the 17th-century editions of the work having only 45 Characters described in a different order.
Another manuscript, MS. Eng. misc. f. 89, bequeathed to the Bodleian by E. H. W. Meyerstein has 51 characters. Both are thought
to be autographs.
Biographical History: John Earle (1598-1665) graduated from the University of Oxford in 1619 and became its Proctor in 1631. He was consecrated
Bishop of Worcester in November 1662 and Bishop of Salisbury ten months later. For further biographical details see Dictionary of National
- (p. 1) A Childe
- (p. 3) A younge rowe Preacher
- (p. 6) A graue Divine
- (p. 9) A meere dull Physitian
- (p. 12) An Alderman
- (p. 14) A Disconte[n]ted Man
- (p. 16) The singing men in Cathedrall Curches [sic]
- (p. 18) An Antiquary
- (p. 21) An Atturny
- (p. 23) A younger brother
- (p. 26) A mere formall Man
- (p. 28) A Church Papist
- (p. 30) A selfe=conceited Man
- (p. 33) A Taverne
- (p. 36) A downeright Scholler
- (p. 40) A too idle reserved Man
- (p. 42) A sharke
- (p. 45) A carrier
- (p. 47) A Constable
- (p. 48) A Detractour
- (p. 51) A Plodding Student
- (p. 53) An Old Colledg[e] Butler
- (p. 56) A mere yongue [sic] Gentleman of the Vniversiyy
- (p. 59) A plaine Countryman
- (p. 63) An Vpstart fond Knight
- (p. 65) A plausible Man
- (p. 67) A Catch=pole
- (p. 69) A Criticke
- (p. 70) A Pot=poet
- (p. 73) A partiall Man
- (p. 75) A Trumpeter
- (p. 77) A Chirurgian
- (p. 80) A she-puritane
- (p. 85) A Cooke
- (p. 87) A Hostesse handsome
- (p. 88) A Baker
- (p. 89) A Player
- (p. 92) A shop-keeper
- (p. 94) A Bowling alley
- (p. 96) An Herald
- (p. 98) A Tobacco=Seller
- (p. 99) A Dunkirke
- (p. 101) Paules Walke
- (p. 104) A pretender to Learning
- (p. 107) A blunt Man
Related Material: The Bodleian holds another manuscript of the same work at MS. Eng. misc. f. 89.
Custodial History: The manuscript was previously in personal possesion of A. Almack F.S.A. (small handwritten label), V. Almack (small handwritten label), Clive Coates of Helperby, Yorkshire (monogram label of CC) and Bent
Juel Jensen (exlibris).
Bought from Bernard Quaritch, 1 Aug. 1989.
'Apte and fit similes taken out of learned mens sermons in Oxford 1590: begin the xxiith of Aprill', possibly by Robert
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3400
Extent: 18 leaves
Binding: Half red calf, black cloth boards
Includes quotations from
Custodial History: Bookplate inside front cover, 'Ex Libris J.W.M. Vyse'.
- (fol. 5r) Henry Robinson
- (fol. 5r) Edward Hutchins
- (fol. 6) William Tyndale, The Practice of Prelates (Cambridge, 1849)
- (fol. 6v) Thomas Dorman, A Request to Mr Jewel that he keeps his promise... (1567)
- (fols. 7-10) Leonard Wright, A Summons for Sleepers (1589)
- (fols. 11v-12r) Adam Hill
Bought from Andrew Stewart, 2002.
Volume lettered on the spine 'Baronagium Angliae', early 17th century
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3382
Extent: vi + 544 pages [numbered i-vi, 39-544, 593-610, 613-634, and further pages missing after 634]
Binding: 18th-cent.? calf, gilt-ruled spine; boards and spine detached.
A brief history of the baronial families of England, arranged alphabetically.Custodial History: Inscribed on p. vi ' R Baldwin Sept. 8. 1767'. Armorial bookplate of Nicholas Reed Herbert on p. i. Phillipps MS. 4761. Sotheby's, 5-10 June 1899 (Phillipps sale), lot 126. Armorial bookplate of Granville C. Cuningham (1847-1927) inside front cover. Possibly acquired by him after 1897, when he returned from Canada to England, after living
in Canada for 26 years. Inscribed on p. iv ' R H Hill May 1940'. Sotheby's, 3 Dec. 1974, lot 22.
Given by Dr. Jeremy Griffiths, 1996.
Nobility -- Great Britain
Holograph manuscript by Elizabeth Cary, 'The Mirror of the Worlde translated out of French into Englishe', n.d.
(early 17th cent.)
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 817
Extent: iv + 88 leaves, 54-88 blank
Restrictions on Access: Not available for reasons of conservation. A photocopy is available as Dep. d. 817*.
Translation by Elizabeth Tanfield (later Cary) of the work by Ortelius, with (fol. 1) note that it has been translated by
'E. T.', and (fol. 2) dedication by E. Tanfelde to her uncle Sir Henry Lee, n.d.
Biographical History: Elizabeth Cary (1585-1639) - see Dictionary of National Biography entry for her husband Sir Henry Cary, 1st Viscount Falkland.
Custodial History: Owned by H.A. Lee-Dillon, 17th Viscount Dillon, who gave it to Burford parish in 1925; deposited by the vicar of
Volume of sermons and verse, early 17th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3028
Extent: i + 66 leaves
Binding: Limp parchment, with 'Sermons' inscribed in ink on upper cover
Custodial History: Bought by Bent Juel-Jensen from Blackwells, 1949 (note on fol. ivrev)
- (fols. 1-52) five sermons in several hands, the first sermon with (fol. 13) signature of Brian Holiday
- (fols. 62v-53avrev) poems in English and Latin, possibly all in the hand of Robert Halswell, comprising
- (fols. 62v-60 rev) poem beginning 'I went from England into ffraunce/ Neither to learne to singe nor dance', 1622
- (fols. 59av-58vrev) copy of poem by William Browne, beginning 'Marina's gone and now sitt I'
- (fols. 57v &
rrev) Latin and English versions of a poem beginning 'Blacke flyes ye Martin ore Thessalian fields', by 'Hug. H', possibly Hugh
- (fols. 55v-54vrev) 'Caecus Amor', beginning 'Tis not for blind men to dispute of colours', with two Latin versions of the poem
- (fols. 53avrev) Latin epithalamium by R.H. [Halswell], mid 1620s
Given by Bent Juel-Jensen, 1977
English poetry -- 17th century
Latin poetry -- 17th century
Volume of poems by Michael Drayton, c.1650
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3027
Extent: iv + 17 leaves, 14-17 blank
Binding: brown morocco, gilt, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, 1953
All of these poems were first published in the 1619 folio edition of Drayton's Poems. Comprising
- (fols. 3-5v) the last 30 stanzas of Pierce Gaveston
- (fol. 6) an abbreviated version of the general preface to the Legends
- (fols. 7-8) five odes, all of which were first published in the 1619 folio edition of Drayton's Poems
- (fol. 7) 'The heart', beginning 'If thus we need must goe'
- (fol. 7r-v) 'The Crier', beginning 'Good folke for gold or hire'
- (fol. 7v) 'A Canzonet to his coy Love', beginning 'I pray thee
leave, love me no more'
- (fol. 7v) 'To his Rivall', beginning 'Her lov'd I most'
- (fol. 8) 'The Sceletoniad', beginning 'The muse shou'd be sprightly'
The volume also contains
- (fol. 10) a copy of a poem, in a different, possibly later, hand, by Edmund Waller, 'To the King on his navy', beginning 'Where 'ere thy navy spreads her canvas wings'. This
appears in the first edition of Waller's Poems (London, 1645), and in MS. Don. d. 55 (copied c. 1640). The version in this manuscript lacks lines 5-6 and 9-16 as produced in these versions.
The first and last leaves are signed by John SayceAcquisition:
Bought by Bent Juel-Jensen from Dobell, 1951 (note on back pastedown); given by him, 1977
English poetry -- 17th century
A collection of writings, possibly by Gilbert Dolben [see fol. 56], including summaries of the peace treaties made at the end of the
Thirty Years' War, 1676-7
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 886
Extent: 199 leaves
Binding: Blind-stamped and ruled, reversed calf, lettered on the spine 'Tract Politi & Philos Manusc'
Custodial History: Armorial bookplate of 'Sr. John Dolben, Bart. of Finedon in
Northamptonshire'; shelfmark inside upper cover 'T: 2: 8'. Circular label on the spine, inscribed '1100'.
Extract from bookseller's catalogue on end pastedown ' Arthur Reader, Bookseller Sept. 93, item 330'. Annotated by Robert Bridges.
- (fol. 2) note by the author stating that the volume was written whilst he was at the treaty of general peace at Nimeguen in
- (fol. 5) introduction to the summaries of the peace made between the Spanish and the Dutch, the Germans and the Swedish and
the Germans and the French in 1648, dedicated to the author's father [possibly John Dolben], in Latin
- (fols. 6-16r) summary of the extent of peace between the King of Spain and the Dutch confederation, in Latin
- (fols. 16r-19v) separate agreement between the King of Spain and the Dutch confederation, relating to trade, navigation and the freedom
of the monasteries, 1648-50, in Latin
- (fols. 21-45) summary of two peace treaties between France, Sweden and their allies and Austria, 24 Oct. 1648, in Latin
- (fols. 55-104) 'A Treatise concerning Idleness, or the art of well employing our time', with Latin dedication to Gilbert Sheldon, Archbishop of
Canterbury, signed by Gilbert Dolben
- (fols. 111-156) a treatise, 'Ars Cogitandi. Dedicated to BpFell', in Latin
- (fols. 157-8, 160-165r, 169, 170r, 171r, 172-7) entries on various subjects, mainly in French
- (fols. 165v, 166v, 167v, 168v, 170v, 171v) political history of the Low Countries, 1566-1609
- (fols. 166r, 167r, 168r, 169r) various quotations from classical authors and miscellaneous notes, in Latin and English
- (fol. 185v, 186v) notes on the Dolben family by Robert Bridges
- (fol. 189) 'Difference between the French and Swedish Treatys', a list of the differences between the treaties
Deposited by Lord Bridges, 1998
Dutch War, 1672-1678 -- Peace
Thirty Years' War, 1618-1648 -- Peace
William Camden, Britannia, newly translated... by Edmund Gibson (London, 1695), with annotations to the
text, maps and plates by William Stukeley
Shelfmark: MS. Don. b. 33
Extent: viii + 529 leaves
Binding: Contemporary reversed calf, rebacked
Custodial History: Owned by Elias Mason '1694' (note on title page), and by William Stukeley, 1714 (note inside upper cover); bought by Charles
Eve, 1 Sept. 1767 (note on fol. iv), his bookplate inside upper cover.
Bought, Christie's, 9 Nov. 1983, lot 48 and given by the Friends of the National Libraries.
- (fol. ii) a pen-and-ink sketch of Stukeley, annotated by Charles Eve 'very like him'
- (fol. 278) an engraving of Croyland Bridge, 1721, from a drawing by Stukeley
See BLR, xi (1982-5), 241-2.
Poems by Gerrard Cater celebrating the recapture of Namur by King William III (1695), in a fragment of his printed pamphlet 'On the Crowing Cock
and Lyon Couchant' completed in manuscript, 1695 or
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 4005
Extent: 6 leaves
The full text of the pamphlet ([London: s.n., 1695], Wing (2nd ed.) C1483B), made up from its first two printed leaves (pp.
(1)-(4), lacking the engraved frontispiece and pp. (5)-(11)) and from further handwritten leaves, comprising
- (fols. 1r-2v printed, 3r-4r manuscript) 'On The Crowing Cock And Lyon Couchant, Or, A Poem To Express the Gallantry of our
Royall Chanticlere', beginning 'The King of Beasts doth Couch and Tremble here'
- (fol. 4r-v) 'The Germane Cock', beginning 'There was of late, and from ye Germane stock'
- (fol. 4v) 'The Conclusion', beginning 'The Covetous and most Opinionate'
- (fol. 5r) 'The Loyall Wish', beginning 'May Fate with Honour and with Lawrells crown'
- (fol. 5v) 'Epigram', beginning 'In Eighty eight Spaine sent a vast Armado', signed 'Gerard Cater gent.'
With a further item not from the printed pamphlet
Related Material: Two Bodleian manuscripts also in the same hand, evidently that of the author Ger[r]ard Cater, once of Papworth Agnes, Cambridgeshire
and Huntingdonshire: MS. Add. A. 301, which once started with the same text(s), now lost, and MS. Rawl. D. 361, which includes
all the same poems
and a drawing of the frontispiece.
- (fols. 5v-6r) two lines in Latin headed 'A Satyrick Distick', beginning 'Quis negat Auriacum natum sub stirpe Neronis', followed
by 'Gerard's Loyall Response in Plaine English', beginning 'Nassaw Knight-Errant of our Church! chose rather', signed 'G.
Bought from Byass Rare Books, Bristol, 2010.
Sponsored by anonymous donor, Duke Humfrey's Night, 15 Oct. 2011.
English poetry -- 17th century
Grand Alliance, War of the, 1689-1697
Notebook containing Latin prose and verse and English verse, in two or more different hands, 17th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3381
Extent: ii + 100 leaves
Binding: Early 19th-cent.? blind-ruled black morocco, marbled endpapers
Custodial History: Armorial bookplate of Henry Ellison, of University College, Oxford.
- (fols. 1-8) 'Vita Thomae Hobbes Malmes-buriensis usque ad Annum Millesimum sexcentissimum septuagesimum secundum aetatis vero
Octagesimum quartum ab ipso conscripta' an account of the life of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury, 1672, in Latin verse
- (fols. 12-27) account of a journey through France and Italy, to Rome, in Latin, beginning in Cornwall, Aug.
1654. The places visited are:
- (fol. 12) Dieppe, arrived 2 Sept. 1654
- (fol. 12) Rouen
- (fol. 13) St.
- (fols. 13v-16) Paris
- (fol. 16v) Orléans, beginning of Apr.
- (fols. 16v-17) Blois and Saumur
- (fols. 17-19) Nantes
- (fol. 19)
- (fol. 19v) Bordeaux
- (fol. 20) Toulouse and Marseilles
- (fols. 20-21v) Leghorn, arrived 17 Dec. 1655
- (fols. 21v-22v)
- (fols. 22v-24) Florence
- (fol. 24) Siena
- (fol. 24v-25) Monte Fiascone and Viterbo
- (fol 25v-27) Rome, arrived end of Dec. 1655
- (fols. 31-8) Latin verse beginning 'Ite preces blandae, celesti semine' cretae', written by Isaac Barrow in Paris, 1655
- (fols. 39-42) letter by Isaac Barrow, to an unnamed recipient, Paris, 1655, in Latin
- (fol. 43) notes by Henry Ellison on Isaac Barrow, made at University College, Oxford, 1841
- (fols. 44-55) English verse
- (fols. 44-5) 'A Countrey Swain call'd Hodge...', beg. 'Wm Hodge had numbr'd up how many score'
- (fol. 46) 'Mervil's Ghost', beg. 'From the dark Stygian banks I
- (fol. 47) 'A Translation of a Prophesy of Nostredamus', beg. 'Her faults & follies a foolish land's firm doom shall fix'
- (fols. 48-51r) 'A Dialogue between Sr Walter Rawleigh's Ghost & Britannia', beg. 'Ah
Rawleigh! when thy breath thou didst resigne'
- (fols. 51v-53r) 'Sr Edmundbury Godfrey's Ghost', beg. 'It happen'd in the twilight of the day'
- (fol. 53v) 'On the
French King', beg. 'Lorrain you stole, by fraud you got Burgundy'
- (fols. 54-5) 'Garnet's Ghost Addressing to the Jesuits met in private Cabal just after the murder of Sr Ed. Godfrey', beg.
'By Hell 'twas bravely done! what lesse than this?'
- (fols. 60-83) Latin prose entitled 'Epitome institutionum methodica'
- (fol. 84) Latin prose entitled 'Accessora criminis Imprimis Impedimenta matrimonii Secundis Libelli materia Tertiis'
- (fols. 85-98) Latin prose entitled 'De Iure Canonico et eius Distributionibus' relating to canon law
Given by Mrs. G.L. Barstow, 1951.
English poetry -- 17th century
France--Description and travel -- Early works to 1800
Italy -- Description and travel -- Early works to 1800
Latin prose literature
Part of an anonymous history of England from 870 to 979, late 17th or early 18th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2054
Extent: 104 leaves
Binding: speckled calf, gilt-tooled spine, 18th cent.
Custodial History: armorial bookplate of Philip Southcote, pastedown, inscribed 'K5' above the bookplate, '2839' on fol. 1
The history begins in mid-sentence in the middle of 870 and ends with the coronation of Ethelred in 979. There are several references in the margins to the sources used,
most of which had been published by the late 17th cent. The various editorial comments by the compiler perhaps
indicate an intention to publish.
Bought from Peter Towers, 1994
Great Britain | History | Anglo-Saxon period, 449-1066
Notebook of Jane Johnson, containing poems, hymns and (fols. 19-42) 'A very pretty story to tell children when they are about five or six years of
Shelfmark: MS. Don. d. 198
Extent: ii + 50 leaves
Binding: Decorated paper over boards
Bought by private treaty sale, through Christie's, 1995.
Restrictions on Access: Not to be issued without the permission of the Keeper of Special Collections and Western
Manuscripts. Substitute MS. Don. d. 198* = X.6.7b on the openshelves in the Weston Gallery,
Jane Johnson, A very pretty story (Oxford, 2001), a facsimile copy
with introduction by Gillian Avery.
Related Material: See also the on-line catalogue of correspondence and papers of Jane Johnson and her family, MSS. Don. b. 39-40, c. 190-6, d. 202, e. 193-200.
Children's stories, English
Photocopies of holograph notes and essays on gout, by William Stukeley, 1740-60, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Facs. c. 166
Extent: 48 leaves
Related Material: The original manuscripts are held in the Burbank/Fraser collection on rheumatism arthritis and gout in the historical research
centre of the library for the Texas Medical Centre, Houston, Texas.
- (fols. 1-8) 'The Gout', n.d.
- (fols. 9-15) 'Memoirs of the Gout', 1740-54
- (fols. 16-25) 'Regimen for the Gout', 1741
- (fols. 26-39) 'On the Gout', 1758
- (fols. 40-8) 'On the Gout', 1760
Given by Dr. Kevin Fraser, 1987
Medicine -- Early works to 1800
Mathematical puzzles and conundrums, many in verse, with solutions, c.1741
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7020
Extent: ii + 153 leaves
Binding: Grey papered boards, spine detached
Many of the puzzles are repeated on fols. 38-87, with detailed solutions. A number of the puzzles were published in the Ladies Diary, 1707-1721.
Found in the library, 2002.
English poetry -- 18th century
Mathematics -- Early works to 1800
Three holograph versions of 'The Druid' by 'Chyndonax' ( William Stukeley), 1758
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3046
Extent: i + 30 leaves, 10-30 blank
Binding: Half calf, marbled boards, gilt spine, 20th cent.
Bequeathed by Professor Stuart Piggott, 1996
English poetry -- 18th century
A collection of jokes, riddles and verse entitled 'The Young Men and Maids Merry Companion' by Thomas Chapman, 1766
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7018
Extent: 182 leaves, 127-44 blank
Binding: Blind-ruled vellum
- (fols. 123, 126v, 145v, 155, 161v, 164v, 166, 167v, 169, 171v, 173v-4, 176v, 177v, 179v, 181) drawings and writings of a child, Brian Vickers
- (fols. 182-180, 178v rev.) accounts of items bought and sold, with a few diary entries, 20th cent.
Bought, Paul Grinke (Rare Books) Ltd., Suppplementary List 5 (Summer 1980), item 251; from the Walter N.H. Harding Fund.
English poetry -- 18th century
Wit and humor--Early works to 1800
Manuscript of the plays Hunt the Slipper, 1785 and The Humorist, c. 1785
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7804
Extent: 75 leaves
Manuscript copies of two plays (in two hands) bound into one volume:
- (fols. 1-24) Hunt the Slipper, A Comic Piece of Two Acts, by Henry Ryder Knapp. The ending differs from the published edition of 1792.
- (fols. 25-75) The Humorist, a Farce in Two Acts, with author marked in pencil as James
Found with the Harding Collection (printed books), bequeathed 1973 (arrived 1975)
Related Material: See also the printed edition of The musical farce of Hunt the slipper. In two acts. As performed at the Theatre-Royal, Smoke-Alley by Ryder, H.R., ([Dublin] 1792) at shelfmark Vet. A5 f. 1863
Drama -- 18th century
Holograph draft manuscript by William Gilpin, 'Hints for sermons &c', late 18th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3346
Extent: x + 90 leaves, 75-90 blank
Binding: Blind stamped reversed calf, red calf label on spine 'HINTS'
Apparently first published in Sermons preached to a country congregation to which are added, a few hints for sermons (London, 1799)
Custodial History: Bookplate of William Gilpin; owned by Anne W.S. Gilpin, Newport R[hode] I[sland], 19th cent. (inscription, fol. i).
Bought from Mrs. Francesca Greene, 1997
Related Material: For further papers of William Gilpin held in the Bodleian Library, see MSS. Eng. misc. b. 73, c. 387-93, d. 556-88, e. 486-539,
Notebook containing an untitled poem by Joseph Langley Mills (c.1788-1832), an undergraduate of
Trinity College, Oxford, 'dedicated to the memory of the most noble & heroic Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson, Duke of
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2386
Extent: 9 leaves
Binding: marbled wrappers
Bought from Trinity Books, 1992.
Poem 'The Epwell Hunt, 1807' by [ Edward Goulburn], and 'Warwickshire Hunt' by T.B. Fretwell, 1807-c.1830
Shelfmark: MS. Don. d. 207
Extent: ii + 24 leaves
Binding: Middle Hill boards
- (fols. i-10) 'The Epwell Hunt' copied in the hand of Michael Russell, steward to Sir Thomas
Phillipps. Printed in The Epwell hunt, or, Black collars in the rear (Middle Hill Press, 1840; 2nd ed., 1847); reprinted as The Epwell hunt, or, Black collars in the rear : 7th December 1807 / by Edward Goulburn, edited by Paul Morgan
- (fols. 11-23) 'Warwickshire Hunt', a prose account by Fretwell, of various runs undertaken with the Warwickshire Hunt between
1784 and 1830, probably in the hand of one of Sir Thomas's daughters, with corrections and additions by Sir Thomas.
Three other items are listed in Sir Thomas Phillipps, Catalogus Librorum Manuscriptorum in Bibliotheca D. Thomae Phillipps, Bart., and in Sotheby's, 26 June 1974, lot 2922. These were removed after the sale.
Custodial History: Phillipps MS. 16645; Sotheby's, 26 June 1974 (Phillipps sale), lot 2922; booklabel of Paul Morgan.
Given by Paul Morgan, through the Friends of the Bodleian, 2002.
English poetry -- 19th century
Fox hunting -- England -- Warwickshire
Fox hunting -- Poetry
Poem, 'Little Harry, a Christmas Tale', copied by Mary Beaufort for Michael Pakenham Edgeworth, 1818
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2570
Extent: ii + 32 pages
Custodial History: Owned by Christina Colvin.
Bought by the Department of Printed Books, 1984; transferred to Department of Western Manuscripts, 1994.
Manuscript entitled 'The Life And Adventures of Thomas Ducker Composed by Himself in 1826 and 1827'. Has a second title 'The Adventures of A Wanderer Composed By
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3654
Extent: 33 leaves
An autobiography of Thomas Ducker composed in rhyming couplets. It recounts his life from the point at which he left home
aged thirteen in 1795 until he returned in 1825. Most of this time he was a sailor and travelled the world. He describes numerous
Biographical History: Thomas Ducker was born in 1782 in Belton, Lincolnshire. He left home in 1795 and after trying several trades he enlisted in
the navy where he fought at the Battle of the Nile. After discharging himself in 1798 he spent the next two decades serving
on merchant ships and privateers
as well as briefly re-enlisting between 1807-9. Whilst a seaman he travelled the globe visiting every continent
until he lost his sight in 1820 following a shipwreck in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. He returned to Belton in 1825 and composed
his memoir between 1826 and 1827.
- (fols. 2-3) Serving as a bricklayer in Hatfield, carpenter in Thorne, and painter in Bawtry, before joining the army in Doncaster,
and being discharged in Southampton being under age
- (fols. 3-4v) Joining the Navy at Portsmouth, and serving on the Majestic at the Battle of the Nile in 1798.
- (fols. 5r-v) Serving on an African slave ship.
- (fols. 6v-9) Sailing around the Baltic, North, Irish, Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas on merchant ships.
- (fol. 10) Being captured by a French privateer on the way to Madeira and being put in Bordeaux Prison.
- (fols. 10v-13v) Serving on a privateer in the Caribbean "outwitting" the French and Spanish.
- (fols. 14-16) Sailing around the East Indies, south-east Africa and east Australia on merchant ships. Ducker comments on the
people and wildlife he sees as well as famous sights such as the Great Wall of China.
- (fols. 17v-19v) Serving with the British Navy at the Battle of Copenhagen in 1807 and the Walcheren Campaign in 1809.
- (fols. 20-1) Being captured near Peru and nearly becoming a slave in a Peruvian gold mine.
- (fols. 22r-v) Trading with Canadian natives and seeing the Great Lakes and waterfalls.
- (fols. 22v-23v) Being shipwrecked near Nova Scotia in 1820, badly injuring himself and permanently losing his sight.
- (fols. 23v-25) Travelling home to be reunited with his family in Belton in 1825.
. Acquired 1979.
Holograph copy of William Smyth, Memoir of Mr. Sheridan (Leeds, 1840), dedicated to Miss
Cotton of Madingley
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. f. 798
Extent: x + 194 pages
Binding: Dark red calf
Bought from Tom Lloyd-Roberts, 1977.
Personal names (NCA Rules)
Sheridan | Richard Brinsley | 1751-1816 | dramatist and politician
'Second MS. containing later Historical and earlier Poems, besides Verses for Christmas and Easter, Scraps, etc. all composed
by Emily Cozens. Copied by William Cozens', 1880
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3606
Extent: 150 pages
Binding: Black cloth-covered boards
Given by Lewis Erlanger, 2001.
Comic dialogue, 'Oranges or Lemons? Or the Philosophy of Life Exposed. By Oceana Blanche Lega-Weekes. London Printed and Published
at the Haarlem Press West Kensington by Celia Lega-Weekes', 1892
Shelfmark: MS. Don. e. 215
Extent: 25 leaves
Binding: Gilt-stamped brown papered boards
Contains (fol. 2v) a pen-and-ink drawing of the characters. Inscribed (fol. 1) 'To L.P. Casella Esq. F.R.G.S. etc, with the respectful
regards of his humble and obedient servant the Author'.
Separated Material: Loose greetings card from Mrs. C. Lega-Weekes, 1902, removed from this volume, is MS. Don. c. 202, fol. 24.
Custodial History: Bought from Henry Bristow Ltd. by John Fuggles. Booklabel of J.F. Fuggles on front pastedown.
Given by John Fuggles, through the Friends of the Bodleian, 1996.
Drafts and fair copies of poems by Walter Yeeling Evans-Wentz,
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2047
Extent: 94 leaves
- (fols. 1-65) amended typescript of poems, 1914-27, chronologically arranged
- (fols. 66-72) holograph drafts and fair copies, 1930-2, n.d.
- (fols. 73-94) a booklet containing holograph amended copies, entitled 'Poetical Notes and Fancies', n.d. The poems are apparently
unpublished. A note by Evans-Wentz on the envelope in which they were formerly kept reads 'Non-Ego'.
Bequeathed, together with MSS. Eng. lett. c. 577-8, etc., by W. Y. Evans-Wentz, 1965.
Draft of 'The Earl of Strafford. 1593-1641' by C. V. Wedgwood, c.1935
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2972
Extent: xii + 461 leaves
Binding: red cloth
Annotated carbon typescript, in parts differing substantially from the published Strafford, 1593-1641 (London, 1935).
Given by Mrs. Sarah Doyle, 1997.
Literary papers and lectures of Charles Williams, 1938-1945, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2719
Extent: 167 leaves
Typescript unless stated otherwise, comprising
- (fols. 1-18) 'Byron and Byronism', a lecture given at the Sorbonne, 1938
- (fols. 19-95) fourteen sets of holograph lecture notes, some of which formed the basis of a lecture series 'The Christian
Idea in Literature', delivered in 1938-1939
- (fols. 96-114) 'The Recovery of Spiritual Initiative', two versions of a lecture, 1940, 1946, given at St. Hilda's College,
2 Oct 1940
- (fols. 115-23) 'Julius Caesar: Shakespeare's Political Views', text of a radio script for Overseas Broadcast, 2 Nov 1944,
amended by Raymond Hunt
- (fols. 124-7) two lists of lectures, 'Metaphysical Tradition in English Literature' and (fols. 126-7) an untitled list of
ten lectures on Shakespeare, n.d.
- (fols. 128-45) introduction to The English Poems of John Milton (Oxford, 1940), with holograph amendments and printer's notes
- (fols. 146-7) 'During the First Introduction', holograph poems and carbon typescript, 1939
- (fol. 148) 'Prelude', duplicated typescript poem, 1939
- (fols. 149-50) prayer written for Evelyn Underhill, 1941, with a covering note by Phyllis M. Potter
- (fols. 151-2) 'Dinadan's Song', poem, n.d.
- (fols. 153-60) 'Notes for C. S. Lewis. Taliessin through Logres', n.d.
- (fols. 161-2) 'The Virgin Mary praying to herself', duplicated typescript poem, n.d.
- (fols. 163-5) 'The Order [/Company] of the Co-inherence', two versions of the promulgation, 1939, 1943
- (fols. 166-7) lithograph of Charles Williams by Anne Spalding, c.1939-1945
Given by Ursula Grundy, 1979.
An essay 'Bernard Shaw in the Nineties (and at odd times thereafter) By "Auditor Invisus" [Walter Johnson]'. Typescript, with
manuscript corrections, 1940s.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2761
Extent: ii + 48 leaves
Given by Johnson's grand-daughter, Mrs. Janet Keene, 1991
Carbon typescript by Kingsley Amis, 'English Non-dramatic Poetry, 1850-1900, and the Victorian Reading Public', 1950
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 5251
iii + 156 leaves
A thesis unsuccessfully submitted to the Board of the Faculty of English for the degree of Bachelor of Letters, Oxford, .
On the inside front cover is a pencilled list in Amis's hand of eleven novels by Graham Greene.
Given by Nicholas Bateson from the papers of the late F.W. Bateson, 1994.
Typescript drafts, with annotations, by J. L. L. Hammond of Gladstone and Liberalism (completed by M.
R. D. Foot, 1952)
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2914
Extent: i + 248 leaves
- (fols. 1-123) ch. 1-8, consecutively numbered
- (fols. 124-248) parts of ch. 1-12
Given by M. R. D. Foot, 1996.
Ian Fleming, manuscript of 'Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang', the first two adventures [lacking
'Adventure 3'], c.1964
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2718
Extent: 74 leaves
Given by Glidrose Publications Ltd., 1991
Literary manuscripts by, and relating to, Louis MacNeice,
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 5893
- (fols. 1-2) a holograph poem by MacNeice, 'Epitaf for Luis', n.d. [1929? a version was published in Sir Galahad 1 (1), 21 Feb. 1929, p. 9], with (fols. 3-4) notes by Christopher Holme about the poem, 1971
- (fols. 5-9) photocopies of index cards listing MacNeice radio broadcasts, n.d.
- (fols. 10-53) an incomplete cyclostyled radio play by MacNeice, 'He Had a Date', 1966
- (fol. 54) a letter to Christopher Holme from 'Bob', 1969
- (fols. 55-66) a photocopy of a typescript reminiscence, 'I saw comparatively little of Louis', n.d.
Bought from Anthea Holme, 1995
Photocopy of an uncut first typescript draft of Theresa Whistler's biography, 'Walter de la Mare. Imagination of the Heart',
Shelfmark: MSS. Eng. d. 2568-9
Extent: iii + 1388 leaves
Given by Theresa Whistler, 1993.
Collection of hand-painted poetry booklets by Jesse Glass, 1981-2009
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3900
Extent: 9 items
The collection comprises:
- Item 1: Sleeping Circus, 1981-2006
- Item 2: Hymn for the Servant Double, Nov. 2006
- Item 3: The Skull is a Seed & Other Poems, 2006. Created as a memorial for Glass' friend Robert Lax.
- Item 4: Ice Queen: Two Poems, 2006
- Item 5: The Thorn, 2006-7
- Item 6: Two Dreams About Father, May 2007
- Item 7: Beast Cain, May 2007
- Item 8: Body of Light, 2007-9
- Item 9: To Diane di Prima from Japan, Feb. 2009. Features motifs from the Japanese Kofun period.
The booklets were created using watercolours, gouaches, acrylics, coloured markers and coloured pencils. Many of the included
poems have appeared in journals, reviews and recordings in the USA, Japan and Great Britain.
Biographical History: Jesse Glass (b. 1954) is an American poet, artist and folklorist. He moved to Japan in 1992 and is at present [June 2010]
a professor of American Literature at Meikai University. For further details see his page on Wikipedia.
Donated by Jesse Glass on 2 June 2009.
Related Material: The Jesse Glass Papers are held at the University of Maryland Archives
Newdigate Prize Poems, University of Oxford, typescript and word-processed, 1988-93
Shelfmark: MS. Top. Oxon. c. 882
Extent: 40 leaves
Sir Roger Newdigate's Prize for English Verse was founded in 1806 by Sir Roger Newdigate. It is awarded annually to an undergraduate. No prize was awarded for
1991 or 1996-9.
- (fols. 1-8) Mark Roderick Wormald, 'Stills and Reflections', 1988
- (fols. 9-21) Jane Elizabeth Griffiths, 'The House', 1989
- (fols. 22-8) Roderick Edward Clayton, 'Mapping', 1990
- (fols. 29-40) Caron Amanda Röhsler, 'The Landing', 1993
Given by the University Offices, 1988-93.
English poetry -- 20th century
Amended typescript by Peter Bladen, 'The Septangle. A Poetical Symposium', completed 1991
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2571/1-3
Extent: 402 leaves
A long poem interspersed with acrostic sonnets and illustrations, written over a period of years and completed in 1991, although
some amendments were made by the author in 1993.
Given by Peter Bladen, 1991
Copy of a report prepared by a document examiner, Nancy Cole, An Investigation into the Authorship of The Dark Tower: a Work Published Posthumously and Attributed to C.S. Lewis, 1995
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 5782
Extent: ii + 19 leaves
Given by Nancy Cole, 1995.
Lord Alfred Douglas prize poems, University of Oxford, word-processed, 2000-3
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7029
Extent: 4 leaves
The Lord Alfred Douglas Memorial Prize is awarded to a student for composing a sonnet or a poem in strict rhyming metre. It
was set up in 1999 and the first prize was awarded in 2000.
- (fol. 1) Amanda Holton, 'Doctor Fell in Love', 2000
- (fol. 2) Matthew Sperling, 'Alchemy', 2001
- (fol. 3) Rudolph Glitz, 'The Cuttlefish', 2002
- (fol. 4) Frances Levitson, 'The Weather in Kansas', 2003
Given by the English Faculty, 2000-3.
English poetry -- 20th century
English poetry -- 21st century
Manuscripts and research material for Lyra's Oxford by Philip Pullman, 2002-10
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7801
Extent: 272 leaves
Biographical History: Philip Pullman (b. 1946) is an author and playwright best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy, of which Lyra's Oxford is a sequel. For further information see Who's Who 2010.
- (fols. 2-24) Handwritten manuscript of Lyra's Oxford with alterations and plot notes
- (fols. 25-50) Drafts of the map of Oxford in various stages of design along with printed drafts of the text for the adverts
on the reverse of the map
- (fols. 51-8) Drafts of the Jericho insert along with photocopied pages of Baedeker's The Eastern
Alps, used for research
- (fols. 59-60) Printed drafts of text for Mary's postcard
- (fols. 61-5) Handwritten research notes and printed draft text for the cruise brochure
- (fols. 66-8) Printed drafts of the introduction and dedication page
- (fols. 73-8) Designs for the front and back cover
- (fols. 80-5) Page layout designs
- (fols. 86-233) Four text runs dated 25 Apr., 14 May, 16 May and 20 May 2003
- (fols. 234-68) Documents relating to the audio book
- (fols. 269-72) Fan letter, 12 Jan. 2010
Donated by Philip Pullman in Feb. 2010
Restrictions on Access: Please apply for permission to view this manuscript to the Superintendent of the Special Collections Reading Room (Enquiries.SC@bodleian.ox.ac.uk).
Photocopy of an undated typescript of a novel by J. Gordon-Wilson [really J. Gordon-Wilson Glenny?], 'The Lost Treasure of
Torr', apparently unpublished, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2100
Extent: iv + 207 leaves
Given by the Department of Printed Books, 1990.
Two poems by William Mason, c. 1740
Shelfmark: MS. Don. b. 44
Extent: 2 leaves
Two poems by William Mason, 'Ode to Independency' and 'Ode to Memory' which differ from those published in the 1756 edition
of Mason’s Odes. Not in Mason’s hand, this manuscript was written probably c. 1740 by someone closely associated with him
or his circle.
Biographical History: William Mason .
- (fol. 1) 'Ode to Independency'
- (fol. 2) 'Ode to Memory'
Purchased from John Price and given by the Friends of the Bodleian, 15 Oct. 2013.
Memorial volume for Mary and Lucy Daman, and Florence Hawtrey, collected by Charles Daman, 1844-1849
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3864
Extent: ii, 58 leaves
A volume of original poems collected by The Rev. Charles Daman (1813-1895) for his wife Emily (née Hawtrey), in memory of
their two daughters and a niece who all died in infancy. The poems for Mary are signed with four sets of initials, CD, EH,
HH, and JD, with CD being Charles
Daman, EH possibly Emily using her maiden name, and HH probably Emily’s sister Harriet, who married William
F. Donkin, Savilian Professor of Astronomy, later in 1844. JD is probably another of Charles’s relatives.
Biographical History: Charles Daman was a Fellow, then - following his marriage to Emily Hawtrey - a Tutor, at Oriel College. He was associated
with the innermost circles of the Oxford Movement. He was a signatory to some of Edward Pusey’s tracts and petitions, and
is mentioned numerous times in John
Henry Newman’s letters and diaries. The Damans had four children, two sons (Henry, b. 1842 and William Charles,
b. 1845) and two daughters who died in infancy.
- (fols. 1-3) Biblical quotation (‘Blessed are they ...’), date ‘Easter 1844’, and inscription ‘To my dear wife / in memory
/ of our dear child / Mary’
- (fols. 4-32r) prayers and epitaph for Mary (10 Mar. - 15 Mar. 1844); some signed with initials, dated either March or Easter
- (fols. 32v-45) epitaph, prayers and poems for Lucy (27 July 1847-18 Apr. 1849); unsigned, dated April 1849 at Dawlish (where
the Hawtreys often holidayed) or Oxford
- (fols. 46-57) longer poem in memory of Florence Hawtrey (d. Jan. 1848), daughter of Emily’s brother Montague Hawtrey
Purchased from Blackwells, 18 Sept. 2013 and given by the Friends of the Bodleian.
Mock-up of Dutch edition of Théophile Gautier’s novel Mademoiselle de Maupin, 1940s
Shelfmark: MS. Dutch d. 1
Extent: ii, 125 leaves
A mock-up version of a Dutch edition of Théophile Gautier’s novel Mademoiselle de Maupin, possibly never published. Only pages with original ink drawings by Peter Samuelson are
present. The drawings occupy whole pages, portion of pages or form a decorative initial of chapters. In
Dutch, with French chapter titles.
Biographical History: Peter Samuelson (1912-1996) was born in Wiltshire and grew up in Kent. He went to Eton and then enrolled at the New York School
of Fine and Applied Arts in Paris. He moved with his Dutch wife to Netherland, where he worked mainly as an illustrator. On
return to England following a
divorce in 1947, he helped his stepmother run a boarding house in Torquay. It was the lodgers at this and
also his own house in London that became subjects of his paintings. Samuelson was not interested in having his art exhibited;
he tended to gift his paintings to friends and
models. He became better known following exhibitions organised by his friends. He also became an expert
and restorer of rugs. He spent his final years with his daughter in an Oxfordshire village where he died.
Presented to the Ashmolean Museum by Bridget Dickie and passed onto the Bodleian Library by Professor Tim Wilson, 15 Aug 2011.
'Gladium Propheli. By the author of “Hope” &c &c &c' (i.e. Francis Edward Paget) , c. 1835
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3968
Extent: iii, 42 leaves (21-42 blank)
An unpublished fantasy tale for children by Francis Edward Paget, who also wrote The Hope of the Katzekopfs (1844), ‘generally regarded as the first English children's fantasy’ according to the Oxford Companion the Children’s Literature. The manuscript
story is in three chapters and recounts the adventures of Ralph Stanley, a dragon slayer. It is dedicated
'To my dear sister'.
Note: Stationer's bookplate on lower pastedown: H. Hardacre, Hadleigh (trading dates1833-1865).
Biographical History: Fracis Edward Paget (1806–1882) was educated at Westminster School and then Christ Church, Oxford where he obtained BA in
1828 and MA in 1830. He served the Church of England and is best known for his reliogious writings. He was a great admirer
of the Oxford Movement and used the
form of a novel to propagate the Movement's ideas. For further biographical details see Dictionary of National Biography.
Purchased from Blackwells, 2 July 2014.
Anonymous drama, 18th century
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 4233
Extent: 2 volumes (139 and 93 leaves)
A working draft of a Georgian comedy revolving around mistaken identities, greed and confused love. In it Sir William Cameron,
having been banished abroad after fighting in the Battle of Culloden, arrives back in London. His supposed son, however, is
not who he seems.
The label of Thomas Cornell, bookseller at 4 Bruton Street, suggests that the text may have been written in the 1780s, but
the author and title are yet to be discovered.
- (item 1) volume 1: Acts 1-3
- (iem 2 ) volume 2: Acts 3-5
Purchased from Sam Gedge, 18 Oct. 2012.
Sponsored in part in memory of Kyril Bonfiglioli, Duke Humfrey’s Night, 12 Oct. 2013.
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