Catalogue of manuscripts acquired singly: literary manuscripts

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Literary Manuscripts, 16th-21st cent.

Single literary manuscripts acquired by the Bodleian Library by purchase, bequest or donation since 1975.

   Arranged chronologically

Subjects (LCSH)

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 of 1628.

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 Biography.

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 Cawdray, 1590
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'.

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.

Subjects (LCSH)
   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 Burford, 1991.

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)

Given by Bent Juel-Jensen, 1977

Subjects (LCSH)
   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

The volume also contains

The first and last leaves are signed by John Sayce

Bought by Bent Juel-Jensen from Dobell, 1951 (note on back pastedown); given by him, 1977

Subjects (LCSH)
   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. [18]93, item 330'. Annotated by Robert Bridges.

Deposited by Lord Bridges, 1998

Subjects (LCSH)
   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.


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 after
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

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.

Bought from Byass Rare Books, Bristol, 2010.
Sponsored by anonymous donor, Duke Humfrey's Night, 15 Oct. 2011.

Subjects (LCSH)
   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.

Given by Mrs. G.L. Barstow, 1951.

Subjects (LCSH)
   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

Subjects (LCSH)
   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 age', 1733-52
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.

Subjects (LCSH)
   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.

Given by Dr. Kevin Fraser, 1987

Subjects (LCSH)
   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.

Subjects (LCSH)
   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

Subjects (LCSH)
   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


Bought, Paul Grinke (Rare Books) Ltd., Suppplementary List 5 (Summer 1980), item 251; from the Walter N.H. Harding Fund.

Subjects (LCSH)
   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:

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

Subjects (LCSH)
   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, f. 178-378

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 Bronte', 1805
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

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.

Subjects (LCSH)
   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 Himself'.
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 events including:

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.

. 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, 1914-32, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2047
Extent: 94 leaves


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

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, [1950]. 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
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, 1966-71, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 5893
66 leaves


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', 1978
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:

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.

Given by the University Offices, 1988-93.

Subjects (LCSH)
   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.

Given by the English Faculty, 2000-3.

Subjects (LCSH)
   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.

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 (

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 .

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.

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)
Binding: Vellum

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.

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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