An Epicede or Funerall Song: On the most disastrous Death, of the High-borne Prince of Men, Henry Prince of Wales (‘If euer aduerse Influence enui'd’)
First published in London, 1612.
See ChG 2.
Epicures Frugallitie (‘Frugallitie is no philosophie’)
First published in The Works of George Chapman, ed. R.H. Shepherd, II, Poems and Minor Translations (London, 1875). Bartlett, pp. 373-4.
Copy, ascribed to ‘Ge. Chapman’.
In: A large folio composite verse miscellany, chiefly folio, partly quarto, 243 pages, in contemporary calf. Including 18 poems by Carew and two of doubtful authorship, compiled by Nicholas Burghe (d.1670), Royalist Captain during the Civil War and one of the poor Knights of Windsor in 1661 (references to ‘I Nicholas Burgh’ occurring on ff. 165r, with the date ‘3d of June 1638’, and 166r, and his name partly in cipher on other pages); predominantly in his hand, with some later additions in other hands. c.1638.
Afterwards owned by Elias Ashmole (1617-92), astrologer and antiquary.
Cited in IELM, II.i (1987), as the ‘Burghe MS’: CwT Δ 1.
Edited from this MS in Shepherd and in Bartlett.
Epitaph (‘Whom all the vast frame of the fixed Earth’)
First published on the folded engraving in An Epicede or Funerall Song: On the most disastrous Death, of the High-borne Prince of Men, Henry Prince of Wales (London, 1612). Bartlett, p. 268.
Hero and Leander
Chapman's continuation of Marlowe's poem (Sestiads III-VI). First published in London, 1598. Bartlett, pp. 132-70.
Copy of a couplet in Sestiad III (lines 231-2), headed ‘Loue’ and here beginning ‘Loue is a golden bubble full of dreames’.
In: A folio verse miscellany, 215 leaves (plus a few blanks), in modern calf gilt. Entirely in the hand of John Hopkinson (1610-80), Yorkshire antiquary, of Lofthouse, near Leeds, and comprising Volume 17 of the Hopkinson MSS. c.1670.
Signed bookplate of Frances Mary Richardson Currer (1785-1861), book collector, of Eshton Hall, West Yorkshire. Subsequently owned by her step-father Matthew Wilson.
Recorded in HMC, 3rd Report (1872), Appendix, pp. 295-6.
Copy of three couplets, i.e. (i) Sestiad III, lines 231-2, headed ‘Loue’ and here beginning ‘Loue is a golden bubble full of dreames’; (ii) Sestiad IV, lines 68-9, headed ‘Loue’ and here beginning ‘Trifling attempts, noe serious acts advance’; and (iii) Sestiad III, lines 395-6, headed ‘Beauty’ and here beginning ‘Beauty is heauen & earth this grace doth win’.
In: A quarto verse miscellany, including fifteen poems by Donne, with a title-page ‘Miscellanies Or A Collection of Diuers Witty and pleasant Epigrams, Adages, poems Epitaphes &c for the recreation of ye ouertravelled sences: 1630 Robert Bishop’, in a single mixed hand, probably associated with the University of Oxford, 306 pages, in old calf. c.1630.
Owned and probably compiled by Robert Bishop. Later owned by Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), manuscript and book collector: Phillipps MS 9549. A.S.W. Rosenbach's sale catalogue, English Poetry to 1700 (1941), item 187.
Cited in IELM, I.i (1980) as the ‘Bishop MS’: DnJ Δ 59. Edited in David Coleman Redding, Robert Bishop's Commonplace-Book: An Edition of a Seventeenth Century Miscellany (unpublished Ph.D. thesis, University of Pennsylvania, 1960) [Mic 60-3608].
Copy of the Third Sestiad, lines 35-6, beginning ‘Joy, graven in sense, like snow in water wastes’.
In: An octavo commonplace book of verse and prose, in two or more secretary hands, 41 leaves, in a recycled illuminated vellum music document. Inscribed (ff. 1r, 2r) ‘Samuell Watts’. Early 17th century.
Among the papers of the Sanford family. Formerly DD/SF 3970.
See ChG 23.
An Invective Wrighten by Mr. George Chapman against Mr. Ben: Johnson (‘Greate-Learned wittie-Ben: be pleasd to light’)
First published in The Works of George Chapman, ed. R.H. Shepherd, II, Poems and Minor Translations (London, 1875). Bartlett, pp. 347-8.
The Shadow of Night (‘Great Goddesse to whose throne in Cynthian fires’)
First published in London, 1594. Bartlett, pp. 17-45.
Copy of the complete work, with no general title, consisting of two hymns: i.e.‘Hymnus in Noctem’ (ff. 75r-82r) and ‘Hymnus in Cynthiam’ (ff. 82r-9v), the second beginning ‘Natures bright eye-sight, and the Nights faire soule’), followed by a glossary (ff. 90r-1v), transcribed from the edition of 1594.
In: A quarto verse miscellany, in an accomplished mixed hand throughout, with headings or incipts in engrossed lettering, 194 leaves, in 19th-century half-morocco. c.1596-1601.
This MS volume discussed in Katherine K. Gottschalk, ‘Discoveries concerning British Library MS Harley 6910’, MP, 77 (1979-80), 121-31.
First published in London, 1605. Edited by G. Blakemore Evans in Urbana edition, Comedies, pp. 227-309.
Extracts, transcribed from the edition of 1605.
In: A folio composite miscellany of verse and prose, compiled entirely by William Drummond, 403 leaves, in 19th-century calf gilt. c.1606-14.
Among the working papers and collections of William Drummond of Hawthornden: Hawthornden Vol. VII.
The Blind Beggar of Alexandria
First published in London, 1598. Edited by W.W. Greg, Malone Society (Oxford, 1928). Edited by Lloyd E. Berry in Urbana edition, Comedies, pp. 7-58.
Extract, headed ‘Irus’.
In: The greater part of a quarto commonplace book of extracts, compiled by Edward Pudsey (1573-1613), iii + 104 leaves, in 19th-century green morocco gilt. Four leaves of this commonplace book are in the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, ER 82/1/21. c.1604-9.
Owned in 1615-16 by one ‘Bassett’ and in the 1880s by Richard Savage. At the Neligan sale, 2 August 1888, lot 1098. Bought by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps (1820-89), and his sale 4 July 1889, lot 1257.
All the Shakespearian texts except Othello were edited from this MS in Richard Savage's Shakespearean Extracts (1887). The MS also edited in Juliet Mary Gowan, An Edition of Edward Pudsey's Commonplace Book (c.1600-1615) (unpublished M. Phil., University of London, 1967). It was then found that the miscellany lacked several of its original leaves, including extracts from six plays by Shakespeare. These leaves were rediscovered in 1977 among Savage's papers at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, ER 82/1/21, and the Othello extracts identified by Gowan. The MS also discussed in J. Rees, ‘Shakespeare and “Edward Pudsey's Booke”, 1600’, N&Q, 237 (September 1992), 330-1, and in Fred Schurink, ‘Manuscript Commonplace Books, Literature, and Reading in Early Modern England’, HLQ, 73/3 (2010), 453-69 (pp. 465-9), with a facsimile of f. 31r on p. 467.
Printed from this MS in Richard Savage, Shakespearean Extracts from ‘Edward Pudsey's Booke’ (Stratford-upon-Avon, ), p. 7, and in Greg, pp. vi-viii.
First published in London, 1607.
Copy by Stanhope of seventeen lines in Act V, scene iii: namely lines 215-26 beginning ‘O had I neeuer marryed but for forme’ and lines 264-70 beginning ‘Farewell Graue relicts of a compleat man’.
In: A printed exemplum of the 1634 edition of Sir Walter Ralegh's Historie of the World copiously annotated by Charles, second Baron Stanhope of Harrington (1593-1675). c.1640s.
Discussed in G.P.V. Akrigg, ‘The Curious Marginalia of Charles, Second Lord Stanhope’, in Joseph Quincy Adams Memorial Studies, ed. James G. McManaway, Giles E. Dawson, and Edwin E. Willoughby (Washington, DC, 1948), pp. 785-801.
Quoted in Akrigg, p. 799.
Caesar and Pompey
First published in London, 1631. Edited by Thomas Marc Parrott in The Plays and Poems of George Chapman: The Tragedies (London, 1910), pp. 399-400.
In: An octavo miscellany of extracts chiefly from plays and religious works, closely written in a predominantly italic hand, 33 leaves (plus blanks), in modern half red crushed morocco on marbled boards. Lettered on the spine ‘W. How's Common-placebook’. Mid-17th century.
Later owned by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps and in the Warwick Castle Library.
An Humorous Day's Mirth
First published in London, 1599. Edited by Allan Holaday in Urbana edition, Comedies, pp. 59-130.
Exemplum of the printed quarto edition of 1599 with six MS corrections. Early 17th century.
This item recorded in Holaday, p. 62.
Exemplum of the printed quarto edition of 1599 containing an original proof-sheet, the outer forme of sheet G (sigs G1r, G2v, G3r, G4v) with proof corrections, in modern half-calf.
In the Bute Collection of English Plays purchased in April 1956 from Major Michael Crichton-Stuart of Falkland.
This item reproduced and discussed in Akihiro Yamada, ‘A Proof-Sheet in An Humorous Day's Mirth (1599) printed by Valentine Simmes’, The Library, 5th Ser. 21 (1966), 155-7. Also discussed in James P. Hammersmith, ‘Early Proofing: The Evidence of Extant Proof-Sheets’, AEB, 7 (1983), 188-215 (pp. 197-9). Recorded in Holaday, p. 60, and in Jan Moore, p. 69.
The Masque of the Twelve Months
Written in 1619. First published, in a garbled format, by John Payne Collier in Vol. 39 of the Publications of the Shakspeare Society (1848). Edited from Collier's text, in rearranged form, in Martin Butler, ‘George Chapman's Masque of the Twelve Months (1619)’, ELR, 37/3 (Autumn 2007), 360-400.
Edited from this MS by Collier in 1848.
First published in London, 1611. Edited by Robert F. Welsh in Urbana edition, Comedies, pp. 311-96.
A printed exemplum of the edition of 1611 with some MS corrections (on sig. A2). c.1611?
This item recorded in Welsh, p. 388.
An exemplum of the printed edition of 1611 with the text of missing leaves supplied in MS. In the secretary hand of a professional scribe, associated with the playhouse, also responsible for HyT 5, MiT 6, and the verse miscellany British Library Add. MS 33998. c.1630s.
This MS discussed, with a facsimile example of the MS pages, in Akihiro Yamada, ‘The Seventeenth-Century Manuscript Leaves of Chapman's May Day, 1611’, The Library, 6th Ser. 2 (1980), 61-9.
The Memorable Masque
First published in London, . Edited by G. Blakemore Evans in Urbana edition, Comedies, pp. 557-94. Also in Stephen Orgel and Roy Strong, Inigo Jones: The Theatre of the Stuart Court, 2 vols (University of California Press, 1973), I, 253-63.
MS corrections in an exemplum of the first printed edition. [1613?].
This item recorded in Blakemore Evans, pp. 559-60.
Exemplum of the first edition with MS corrections. [1613?].
This item recorded in Blakemore Evans, pp. 559-60.
An exemplum of the first printed edition, with extensive MS corrections. c.1613?.
This item recorded in Blakemore Evans, pp. 559-60, and the corrections printed, pp. 592-3.
An exemplum of the first printed edition with MS corrections. [1613?].
This item recorded in Blakemore Evans, pp. 559-60.
First published in London, 1606. Edited by Allan Holaday in Urbana edition, Comedies, pp. 397-471.
An original proof-sheet (inner forme of sheet D) with MS corrections, in an exemplum of the printed quarto edition of 1606. 1606.
This item described in W.W. Greg, ‘A Proof-Sheet of 1606’, The Library, 4th Ser. 17 (1936-7), 454-7. Also discussed in James P. Hammersmith, ‘Early Proofing: The Evidence of Extant Proof-Sheets’, AEB, 7 (1983), 188-215 (pp. 198-9).
Recorded in Holaday, pp. 401-2, and in Jan Moore, p. 69.
The Second Maiden's Tragedy
See MiT 20.8.
Books Inscribed by Chapman
Chapman, George. The Crowne of all Homer's Worckes Batrachomyomachia (London, [1624?])
Autograph inscription by Chapman, presenting the volume to the Earl of Devonshire. c.1624.
An autograph(?) fifteen-line inscription, presenting a volume, probably The Crowne of all Homer's Worckes, to Sir Albertus Morton, on what is now a detached flyleaf only, the book itself being lost. c.1624.
Inscribed on the verso ‘Thomas Marsh his booke’, with a draft letter apparently by him. Once owned by John Payne Collier (1789-1883), literary scholar, editor and forger.
Facsimile in Cummings, p. 219.
Autograph seventeen-line inscription by Chapman, presenting the volume to Henry Reynolds, with a few possibly autograph MS alterations in the printed text, in calf gilt. c.1624.
Also inscribed ‘Jo: Gorges.’ and ‘I Ferdi Gorges have reade ouer this Booke’. Bookplarte of Harry Elkins Widener (1885-1912), American businessman and book collector.
The inscription is printed in Chapman's Homer, ed Allardyce Nicoll (New York, 1956), II, 503, and in Tannenbaum, p. 114, with a facsimile, Plate XIII. Facsimile of the inscribed page also in Cummings, p. 211.
Autograph inscription, presenting the volume to Ralph Sadler.
The inscription is printed in G. T[horn].-D[rury], ‘George Chapman’, RES, 1 (1925), 350; in Tannenbaum, p. 148, with a facsimile, plate XIV; in Jean Robertson, ‘The Early Life of George Chapman’, MLR 40 (1945), 157-65 (p. 157); in Eccles, p. 177. Facsimile in Index, I.i (1980), Facsimile VIII (p. 193).
Chapman, George. Epicede or Funeral Song: On the most disastrous Death, of ... Henry Prince of Wales (London, 1612)
Autograph four-line inscription, presenting the volume to Inigo Jones, followed by the inscription ‘Inigo Jones 1613’. 1613.
Later owned by Robert Hoe (1839-1909), New York businessman and book collector.
Facsimile in Cummings, p. 229.
Chapman, George. The Georgicks of Hesiod (London, 1618)
Autograph seven-line inscription by Chapman, on a possibly tipped-in leaf, presenting the volume to Jaspar Tyon. c.1618.
Inscribed ‘Wm. Young 1753’. Later owned by Isaac Reed (1742-1807), literary editor and book collector; by W.H. Miller, MP (1789-1848), of Britwell Court, Burnham, Buckinghamshire, book collector; in 1924 by Dr A.S.W. Rosenbach (1876-1952), Philadelphia bookseller and scholar; and by Arthur A. Houghton, Jr (1906-90), American businessman and collector. Christie's, 13 June 1979 (Houghton sale, Part I), Lot 111, to Fleming. Sotheby's, New York, 9 November 1989 (Garden sale), lot 93.
The inscription is printed in Tannenbaum, p. 146, with a facsimile, Plate IX. A facsimile of the inscription is also in Christie's sale catalogue (Plate 16), and in Cummings, p. 225.
Chapman, George. Homer, Prince of Poets, translated according to the Greeke in Twelve Books of his Iliads (London, [1609?])
Autograph ten-line inscription, presenting the volume to Sir Henry Crofts. c.1609.
Apparently once owned, or used, by John Payne Collier (1789-1883), literary scholar, editor and forger (? acquired from the Bridgewater library). Possibly later owned in 1933 by Frank Brewer Bemis (1861-1935), Boston banker and book collector.
The inscription is printed in Tannenbaum, p. 145, from the facsimile which appears in John Payne Collier, A Catalogue, Bibliographical and Critical, of Early English Literature (London, 1837), p. 53. The facsimile reproduced in Cummings, p. 223.
Chapman, George. Homers Odysses, Books I-XII (London [1614?])
Autograph four-line inscription, presenting the volume to Sir Henry Fanshawe. c. 1614.
Later owned by the Rev. Richard Farmer, FSA (1735-97), Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, literary scholar. Farmer sale, 7 May-16 June 1798, lot 6670, to Park, thence to Francis Douce.
The inscription is edited in The Odysseys of Homer translated by George Chapman, ed. Richard Hooper (London, 1857), I, xxvii, and in Chapman's Homer, ed Allardyce Nicoll (New York, 1956), II, xiii. Facsimile in Cummings, p. 221.
An exemplum, inscribed to Sir Henry Fanshawe.
The inscription is edited in Hooper, op. cit., I, xxvii, and in Chapman's Homer, ed Allardyce Nicoll (New York, 1956), II, xiii.
Chapman, George. The Iliads of Homer Prince of Poets (London )
Autograph eight-line inscription, presenting the volume to Henry Jones. c.1611.
Inscribed in 1796 by George Steevens (1736-1800), literary editor and scholar. Afterwards owned by Richard Heber (1774-1833), book collector; by Robert Stayner Holford, MP (1808-92), of Westonbirt, Gloucestershire, art collector; by Frank Brewer Bemis (1861-1935), Boston banker; and by Arthur A. Houghton, Jr (1906-90), American businessman and collector. Christie's 13 June 1979 (Houghton. sale Part I), lot 110, to Fleming. Sotheby's, New York, 9 November 1989 (Garden sale), lot 89. Quaritch's sale catalogue No. 1165, item 15.
Facsimile of the inscription in Christie's sale catalogue, Plate 16, and in Cummings, p. 227.
Iamblichus de Mysteriis Ægyptiorum, Chaldæorum, Assyriorum (Lyons, 1577)
Signatures of Chapman, deleted.
Bookplate of Pauncefort Duncombe, Buckhill Manor, Buckinghamshire. Later owned by Professor John D. Rea (d.1933), of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
Recorded in Tannenbaum, p. 143. Discussed, with a facsimile of the inscribed title-page, in L.A. Cummings, ‘A New Basis for the Hand of George Chapman: The 1577 Rea Iamblichus Volume’, Explorations in Renaissance Culture, 11 (1985), 120-7. Facsimiles also in Cummings (1989), pp. 203, 205, 206, 208.
Copies of letters and petitions by Chapman, to Henry Howard, Earl of Northampton; to the Privy Council; to King James I; and to Thomas Howard, Earl of Suffolk, Lord Chamberlain (2). All undated.
In: An octavo volume of state letters, in a single neat italic hand, 184 pages (plus numerous blanks), in contemporary calf. Inscribed (p. 162) ‘Hitherto from the beginning of the Book, from a Manuscript in 4to: belonging to John Arden of Stockport Esqr:’i.e. probably John Arden (1742-1823), of Harden, Utkinton and Pepper Halls, High Sheriff of Cheshire, the MS in question evidently Folger MS V.a.321. Entries after p. 163, and relating to the Civil War, are copied from MSS including a ‘Folio M.S. at Bramhall’ and ‘an historical 4to M.S. at Withenshaw in Cheshire’. c.1772-5.
Inscribed ‘E libris Reverendi Viri Joannis Watson A.M. Rectoris Ecclesiæ Parochialis de Stockport Com: Cest: 1772’: i.e. the Rev. John Watson (1725-83), antiquary, and with his bookplate. Later booklabel of ‘Sarah Wood / 9th April 1889’.
Copy of fourteen letters and petitions by, or probably by, Chapman, to unidentified ladies and other correspondents (5); to George Buc; to King James I (2); to Henry Howard, Earl of Northampton; to ? Sir Edward Phelips; to Thomas Howard, Earl of Suffolk (2); to Mr Crane; and to Lord Ellesmere; and to the Privy Council; all undated, but probably ranging between 1600 and 1615.
In: A quarto volume of transcripts of letters by various people, in several secretary and italic hands, 95 leaves (plus a few blanks), in modern calf gilt. c.1620s.
Evidently the MS from which selected items are transcribed in Cardiff Central Library MS 1.172, pp. 1-162, which is inscribed (p. 162) ‘Hitherto from the beginning of the Book, from a Manuscript in 4to: belonging to John Arden of Stockport Esqr:’i.e. probably John Arden (1742-1823), of Harden, Utkinton and Pepper Halls, High Sheriff of Cheshire. Acquired in 1942.
This volume discussed and various letters printed in Bertram Dobell, ‘Newly Discovered Documents of the Elizabethan and Jacobean Periods’, The Athenaeum (1901: 23 March, pp. 369-70; 30 March, pp. 403-4; 6 April, pp. 433-4; 13 April, pp. 465-7). A complete transcription and facsimile of the volume in A Seventeenth-Century Letter-Book: A Facsimile Edition of Folger MS. V.a.321, ed. A.R. Braunmuller (Newark, London & Toronto, 1983).
Braunmuller Nos 38, 49, 73, 86-9, 112, 124-6, 136, 138, 139.
Various letters edited, some with discussions of authorship, in Eccles, p. 185; in Robert D. Parsons, ‘Chapman's Letter to Mr. Sares: A “Hamlet” Parallel’, N&Q, 214 (April 1969), 137; in Tucker Orbison, ‘The Case for the Attribution of a Chapman Letter’, SP, 72 (1975), 72-84; and elsewhere.
A signature of Chapman on a slip cut from a page in the ‘Diary’ of Philip Henslowe (c.1555-1616), theatre financier. Extracted, probably by John Payne Collier (1789-1883), literary scholar, editor and forger, from the ‘Diary’ now at Dulwich College, and now pasted in a printed exemplum of Chapman's The Blind Beggar of Alexandria (London, 1598). c.1590s-1600s.
Facsimiles in W. W. Greg, ‘Fragments from Henslowe's Diary’, Collections: Volume IV, Malone Society (Oxford, 1956), pp. 27-32, and in Cummings, p. 191.
A receipt by Chapman to Philip Henslowe, relating to Chapman's ‘Pastoral Tragedy’, possibly in another cursive secretary hand, 17 July 1599, on a slip extracted, probably by John Payne Collier (1789-1883), literary scholar, editor and forger, from the ‘Diary’ of Philip Henslowe (c.1555-1616), theatre financier, now at Dulwich College. 1599.
In: A folio composite volume of miscellaneous papers, in various hands, 97 leaves.
Facsimiles in W.W. Greg, English Literary Autographs, Plate XII(b); in The Henslowe Papers, ed. R.A. Foakes (London, 1977); and in Cummings, p. 197.
A statement of Chapman's debt to Henslowe of £10 10s, in the hand of Robert Shaa, and signed by Chapman, 24 October 1598. 1598.
In: The folio ‘diary’ and account book of Philip Henslowe (c.1555-1616), theatre financier, 238 leaves. 1592-1609.
Formerly Alleyn Papers MS VII.
Facsimiles in Greg, English Literary Autographs, plate XII(a); in Petti, English Literary Hands, No. 41; in The Henslowe Papers, ed. R.A. Foakes (London, 1977); and in Cummings, p. 105.
Answer to a bill in the Court of Star Chamber signed by Chapman, 30 May 1603. 1603.
Facsimile of the signature in C.J. Sisson, Lost Plays of Shakespeare's Age (1936), Plate I, and in Cummings, p. 191.
Miscellaneous Extracts from Works by Chapman
Extracts from Chapman's works, including examples on pp. 31-2, 66, 74, 76, and 84.
In: A quarto miscellany of extracts in verse and prose, in a single largely italic hand, 142 pages, in contemporary mottled calf gilt. Compiled by Sir John Cotton, Bt (1621-1702). Mid-17th century.
Extracts from plays.
In: A large untitled folio anthology of quotations chiefly from Elizabethan and Stuart plays, alphabetically arranged under subject headings, in a single mixed hand, in double columns, 900 pages (lacking pp. 1-4, 379-80, 667-8, 715-20 and 785-8), including (pp. 893-7) an alphabetical index of some 351 titles of plays, in modern boards. This is the longest known extant version of the unpublished anthology Hesperides or The Muses Garden, by John Evans, entered in the Stationers' Register on 16 August 1655 and subsequently advertised c.1660, among works he purposed to print, by Humphrey Moseley. Another version of this work, in the same hand, dissected by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps (1820-89), is now distributed between Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Halliwell-Phillipps, Notes upon the Works of Shakespeare, Folger, MS V.a.75, Folger, MS V.a.79, and Folger, MS V.a.80. c.1656-66.
Formerly MS 469.2.
This MS identified in IELM, II.i (1980), p. 450. Discussed, as the ‘master draft’, with a facsimile of p. 7 on p. 381, in Hao Tianhu, ‘Hesperides, or the Muses' Garden and its Manuscript History’, The Library, 7th Ser. 10/4 (December 2009), 372-404 (the full index printed as ‘Catalogue A’ on pp. 385-94).