The Battaile of Agincourt
See DrM 73.
‘Bright starre of Beauty, on whose eye-lids sit’
First published, as sonnet 4, in Idea in Englands Heroicall Epistles (London, 1599). Hebel, II, 312.
Copy in: A quarto miscellany of verse and prose, i + 200 leaves (ff. 129-199 blank), in quarter-vellum over boards. Compiled by John Phillipps, of Exeter College, Oxford, and the Middle Temple, who has inscribed the front pastedown ‘John Phillipps. med: Temp: Lond: 1776’. c.1776-1804.
Acquired from Cumming of Exeter, 1941.
Copy of a parodied version, headed ‘Rosamond. Mich. D. 1. Second’ and beginning ‘The worles faire rose...’, followed by a couplet on ‘The Admired Sr. Philip Sidneye’ (beginning ‘Divine Sr Philip I avouch thy writt’), subscribed ‘M: D.’
In: A quarto verse miscellany, made up from a larger book, 184 leaves, stubs of some excised leaves, in green boards. Compiled by John Ramsay (b.1578), of Peterhouse, Cambridge, and the Middle Temple. c.1596-1633.
Name (inscribed several times) of Thomas Russell. Given in 1724 by Robert Cook of Bokenham to Francis Blomefield (1705-52), Norfolk topographer, and with Blomefield's bookplate, 1736. Among the collections of Francis Douce (1757-1834), antiquary and collector.
This parody unpublished.
A Catalogue of the Heroicall Loves (‘The World's faire Rose, and Henries frosty fire’)
First published (the original version), without title, in Englands Heroicall Epistles (London, 1599). Hebel, II, 308.
‘Cleere Ankor, on whose silver-sanded shore’
First published as Amour 13 in Ideas Mirrour (London, 1594). Hebel, I, 104. II, 337 (sonnet 53 of Idea).
Copy, headed ‘Ankor’.
In: A quarto miscellany of verse and prose, in English and Latin, in several hands, written from both ends, 84 leaves, in contemporary calf. Probably compiled principally by an Oxford University man. c.1630s-40s.
Names inscribed on rear flyleaf and paste-down ‘Elizabeth hosman’ and ‘William Blois’.
This MS recorded in Hebel, V, 16.
Copy, headed ‘Ankor’.
In: A quarto verse miscellany, in two styles of italic, the last poem (f. 93v) added in a later hand, 93 leaves (plus ten blanks), in modern quarter-morocco gilt. Including 14 poems by Donne, six poems (plus one of doubtful authorship) by Carew, ten poems by Habington and 13 poems (plus one of doubtful authorship) by Randolph. Owned and possibly compiled by Arthur Capell (1631-83), second Earl of Essex, whose name is inscribed in red ink (1*), in a similar roman hand to that on ff. 1r-19r. He married (1653) Elizabeth Percy (1636-1718), daughter of Algernon, tenth Earl of Northumberland; she was therefore the great niece of Habington's mother-in-law, Eleanor Percy, sister of the ninth Earl of Northumberland. Mid-17th century.
Later among the collections of Robert Harley (1661-1724), first Earl of Oxford, and his son, Edward (1689-1741), second Earl of Oxford.
Cited in IELM, I.i (1980) and II, i-ii (1987-93), as the ‘Capell MS’: DnJ Δ 43, CwT Δ 17, and RnT Δ 3. Discussed in Geoffrey Tillotson, ‘The Commonplace Book of Arthur Capell’, MLR, 27 (1932), 381-91.
The Cryer (‘Good Folke, for Gold or Hyre’)
First published, among Odes with Other Lyrick Poesies, in Poems (London, 1619). Hebel, II, 371.
Copy, headed ‘The 24th’ and here beginning ‘Dear frinds either for loue or hier’.
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.
Second, copy, headed ‘Songe the 27’ and also beginning ‘Dear frinds eyther for loue or hyer’, deleted.
In: the MS described under DrM 4. c.1638.
In: A folio volume of poems, in a single accomplished hand, 61 leaves (plus stubs of fifteen extracted leaves), imperfect, in quarter-vellum. Including 49 pems by Thomas Carew and one of doubtful authorship. c.1640s.
Later owned by F. Wyburd who, according to W.C. Hazlitt (1870, p. xv), ‘obtained it about three years ago of a dealer at Knightsbridge’. Owned c.1927 by P.J. Dobell, who sold it in 1936.
Cited in IELM, II.i (1987), as the ‘Wyburd MS’: CwT Δ 3. Reduced facsimile in Poems 1640 (1969). Briefly discussed in Evelyn M. Simpson, ‘Two Manuscripts of Donne's Paradoxes and Problems’, RES, 3 (1927), 129-45 (pp. 131-3).
In: A verse miscellany, i + 25 leaves. c.1640.
Owned before 1959 by the Lingard-Guthrie family.
Copy in: A composite volume of verse, i + 126 leaves. Collected by Peter Le Neve (1661-1729), herald and antiquary. Late 17th century.
Given to the library in 1954 by N.R. Ker.
Copy, headed ‘The complaint of one in his louer absence’.
In: An octavo verse miscellany, including 13 poems by Donne and 14 poems by Corbett, in several hands, probably associated with Oxford University, written from both ends, 102 leaves, in 17th-century calf. c.1630s.
Inscribed (f. 101v) ‘Henry Lawson’ (or just possibly ‘Lamson’). Thomas Thorpe, sale catalogue (1836), item 1185. Later in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), manuscript and book collector: Phillipps MS 9257. Sotheby's, 15 June 1896 (Phillipps sale), lot 862. Quaritch's sale catalogue No. 164 (1896), item 64.
Cited in IELM, I.i (1980) and II.i (1987), as the ‘Lawson MS’: DnJ Δ 37 and CoR Δ 2.
Copy, headed ‘An Oyes, for a lost Harte’, here beginning ‘Good ffolks for loue, or else for hire’, and ascribed to ‘Ben: Johnson’.
In: A quarto verse miscellany of c.150 poems, in several hands; associated with Oxford, probably Christ Church, 279 pages (plus index and blanks). Including twelve poems (plus one of uncertain authorship) by Corbett and 32 poems (plus four of doubtful authorship) by Strode. c.1630s-40s.
Thomas Thorpe's sale catalogue (1836), item 1044. Later in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bt (1792-1872), manuscript and book collector: Phillipps MS 9561. Sotheby's, 19 June 1893 (Phillipps sale), lot 628, and 21 March 1895, lot 903. Hodgson's, 23 April 1959, lot 528.
Cited in IELM, II.i-ii (1987-93), as the ‘English Poetry MS’: CoR Δ 3 and StW Δ 6.
Copy in: An octavo verse miscellany, comprising c.128 items, including 94 poems by Donne plus his Paradoxes and Problems, compiled by Henry Champernowne (1600-56), of Dartington, Devon, 243 pages, dated on the first page 1623. 1623.
Afterwards owned by other members of the Champernowne family, by Sir Edward Seymour, Bart. (?the third Baronet, 1610-85). Thomas Thorpe, sale catalogue (1836), item 1030. Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872) (MS 9568). Sotheby's, 6 June 1898 (Phillipps sale), lot 749. Bookplate of C. S. Harris and bequeathed by him 1916.
Cited in IELM, I.i (190), as the ‘Phillipps MS’: DnJ Δ 20.
Copy, untitled, probably transcribed from Poems (London, 1619).
In: A small octavo volume of poems chiefly by Michael Drayton, iv +10 leaves (plus seven blanks), in modern brown morocco gilt. Mid-17th century.
Inscribed name (f. 1r) of John Saye, Sayce or Sayer. Purchased in 1951 from Dobell by Dr Bent Juel-Jensen (1922-2006), Oxford physician and book collector. Formerly classified after 1977 as MS Juel-Jensen Drayton f. 1.
Copy, headed ‘The cryeres Song’.
In: An octavo verse miscellany, in two or more hands, 95 leaves (plus blanks), including two ‘Indexes’, in contemporary vellum. Compiled by an Oxford University man, possibly a member of St John's College. c.1634-43.
A receipt (f. 104r) by John Weston recording payment from his ‘brother Ed: Weston’, 3 May 1714. The name ‘John Saunders’ inscribed on the final leaf.
In: An octavo miscellany of verse and prose, in a secretary hand, vi + 221 pages, in 18th-century diced calf gilt. c.1630s.
Inscribed (f. iiir) by Edmond Malone (1741-1812), literary scholar, biographer and book collector, ‘Bought at the sale of Mr. [Jonathan] Boucher's Library in April 1806, for £2. 12. 6. E Malone’.
Copy, untitled, in a musical setting (set as an Oxford Act song) by Henry Bowman.
In: A folio music part book (2nd treble part), viii + 218 pages, in contemporary calf. Compiled by Edward Lowe (c.1610-82), organist and composer. c.1650s.
Bookplate of Povert Henley.
Bowman's setting first published in his Songs for 1 2 & 3 Voices ([no place], 1677).
Copy, in a musical setting by Henry Bowman (fl.1674-80), composer and music copyist.
In: A folio music part book, 46 leaves. c.1670s.
Copy, headed ‘Cupids inquisition’.
In: A quarto miscellany of verse and some prose, predominantly in a single secretary hand, written from both ends, 179 leaves, in 19th-century half blue morocco gilt. c.1640s.
Inscribed (f. 179r) ‘This is Sr. Thomas Meres [or ? Maiors] Book’: i.e. probably Sir Thomas Meres (1634-1715), of Kirton, Lincolnshire. Later bookplate of the Rev. John Curtis. Purchased from Mrs Ann Austin Curtis 12 October 1889.
This MS recorded in Hebel, V, 147.
Copy, subscribed ‘M: D.’
In: the MS described under DrM 3. Mid-17th century.
This MS recorded in Hebel, V, 147.
Copy in: A quarto verse miscellany, in one or more secretary hands, with (ff. 244r-54r) a first-line index, 254 leaves, in modern half-morocco, poems on ff. 34v and 242v dated 1637. Including 91 poems and some prose works by John Donne and fourteen poems by Thomas Carew. c.1637.
Among the collections of Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville (1776-1839), first Duke of Buckingham and Chandos, of Stowe House, near Buckingham, largely derived from the collection of the antiquary Thomas Astle (1735-1803), which in turn chiefly derived from Astle's father-in-law, the Essex historian Philip Morant (1700-70) (see DnJ Δ 15). Later owned by Bertram, fourth Earl of Ashburnham (1797-1878).
Cited in IELM, I.i (1980) and II.i (1987), as ‘Stowe MS II’: DnJ Δ 44 and ‘Stowe MS’: CwT Δ 22.
This MS recorded in Hebel, V, 147.
Copy in: An octavo notebook of extracts in verse and prose, in a small untidy hand, written from both ends, 42 leaves (plus three blanks), badly worn, remains of boards and green ties. c.1640.
Includes (f. [31r rev.] a reference to ‘my brother Capstons account book after his death 1632’. Given to the library by H.L. Pink, Assistant Under-Librarian, 22 November 1948.
Copy, in a musical setting by Henry Bowman.
In: Two music part books compiled by Thomas Smith (1614-1701) of The Queen's College, Oxford, later Bishop of Carlisle. c.1637.
Formerly Carlisle Cathedral, Dean & Chapter of Carlisle MSS, Box B1.
These MSS discussed in John P. Cutts, Bishop Smith's Part-Song Books in Carlisle Cathedral Library (American Institute of Musicology, 1972).
Edited from this MS in James Walter Brown, ‘Some Elizabethan Lyrics’, CM, 51 (September 1921), 285-96 (p. 292).
Copy, in a musical setting by Henry Bowman, untitled.
In: A folio songbook (First Treble part), in a single hand, written from both ends, viii + 213 pages (paginated 1-191, then 1-22 rev.), lacking pp. 87-8, 115-18, the first two of which are now Birmingham Central Library, Acc. No. 57316, Location No. S747.01, in modern half brown morocco marbled boards. Compiled entirely by Edward Lowe (c.1610-82), organist and composer. Mid-late 17th century.
Later owned by Edward Francis Rimbault (1816-76), organist and author.
Discussed in John P. Cutts, ‘Seventeenth-Century Songs and Lyrics in Edinburgh University Library Music MS. Dc. 1. 69’, MD, 13 (1959), 169-94. A complete facsimile is in English Song 1600-1675, ed. Elise Bickford Jorgens, Vol. 8 (New York & London, 1987).
Copy in: A quarto verse miscellany, arranged (Part I) as an anthology, under genre headings, the reverse end (Part II) largely occupied by a later series of Latin verses, epistles, and other exercises, 168 leaves, in old calf (rebacked). Part I probably in several hands, the predominant italic hand that also responsible for the ‘Welbeck MS’: DnJ Δ 57), and including 21 poems by Donne. c.1630 [-1677].
Part I inscribed (f. 1r) ‘John Smyth his Book 1640’, ‘Charles Smyth 1674’, ‘Hugh Smyth 1676’; (f. 23v) ‘J Smyth 1677 / 1676’. Part II inscribed several times ‘Thomas Smith’, on f. 19r also ‘Die: Maij 12o Ano 1659’, with a reference on f. 58v to Balliol College, Oxford, 1659/60. Later inscribed (f. [ir]) by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps (1820-89), who records buying ‘this very curious and interesting MS. of Messrs Boone’. Afterwards in the library at Warwick Castle. Formerly Folger MS 1. 28.
Cited in IELM, I.i, as the ‘Thomas Smyth MS’: DnJ Δ 48.
In: A quarto verse miscellany, 170 leaves, paginated 1-8 (Latin text in a small secretary hand), then pp. 1-162 (in one or possibly two largely italic hands; pp. 108-57 blanks; pp. 158-62 containing later notes), in modern red morocco gilt. The pagination cited below relates to the second, main series of pagination. c.1640.
Inscribed on a flyleaf in red ink ‘Matheus Day me suum vvst’: i.e. Matthew Day (d.1661), five times Mayor of Windsor. Later owned by John Payne Collier (1789-1883), literary scholar, editor and forger. Collier's sale, 1884, lot 906. Formerly Folger MS 452.1.
Copy, headed ‘On a man vppon himselfe that made this beeinge in loue.’
In: A quarto verse miscellany (originally in two separate volumes), including eleven poems by Donne, chiefly in two hands, probably associated with the University of Oxford, 98 leaves, one of the original vellum covers now incorporated in modern red morocco. Mid-17th century.
Inscribed (f. 1r) ‘Stephen Wellden’ and ‘Abraham Bassano’ and (f. 98r) ‘Elizabeth Weldon’. Later owned by William John Thoms (1803-85), writer, antiquary and librarian. Sotheby's, 11 February 1887 (Thoms sale), lot 1092. Also owned by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps (1820-89). Formerly Folger MS 452.4.
Cited in IELM, I.i (1980), as the ‘Welden MS’: DnJ Δ 49.
Copy, headed ‘A heart lost’.
In: An octavo miscellany of verse and prose, closely written in possibly several minute predominantly secretary hands, 291 leaves (ff. 212-16 bound out of order after f. 24), in modern calf. c.1640s.
Inscribed (f. 1r) ‘Joseph Hall’ (not the bishop). Later owned by John Payne Collier (1789-1883), literary scholar, editor and forger, who has entered in pseudo-17th-century secretary script copies of various ballads on ff. 39r-41r, 107v-79r, 181r-v, 227r-8v, 243r-6r, as well as adding foliation (1-284) before the more recent foliation (1-291, used below). Quaritch's sale catalogue ‘of English Literature’ (August-November 1884), item 22350, Collier's transcript of the MS made c.1860 being item 22352. Formerly Folger MS 2071.7.
Discussed, with facsimile examples, in Giles E. Dawson, ‘John Payne Collier's Great Forgery’, SB, 24 (1971), 1-26.
In: A quarto miscellany, in several hands, written over a period, 80 leaves (plus 67 blanks and stubs of numerous extracted leaves), in contemporary vellum gilt. Compiled by or for Sir Henry Cholmley, brother of Sir Hugh Cholmley (1600-57), the ascription ‘by my brother Sr Hugh Cholmley’ (1600-57) inserted on f. 19r in a cursive hand responsible for entries on ff. 3r-12v, 15v-29r, 41r-v, 75v-7r, the contents including twelve poems by Thomas Carew and poems by members of the circle of Lucius Cary (1610?-43), second Viscount Falkland, of Great Tew, Oxfordshire, by the St Leger family of Ulcombe, Kent, and by Sir William Twysden of Kent. c.1624-41.
Later bookplate of Henry B. Humphrey.
Recorded in IELM, II.i (1987), as the ‘Cholmley MS’: CwT Δ 27.
Copy in: Music book compiled by Lady Margaret Wemyss, daughter of David, second Earl of Wemyss (1610-79), in contemporary vellum. c.1640s.
Copy, headed ‘On a heart’.
In: A quarto verse miscellany, including ten poems by Carew and one of doubtful authorship, in a single neat non-professional hand, 72 leaves (plus a later index). c.1643-50s.
Later owned by the Newcastle antiquarian collectors John Bell (1783-1864) and Robert White (1802-74).
Cited in IELM, II.i (1987), as the Bell-White MS, CwT Δ 30. Described, with facsimiles of ff. 30r and 56v, in T.G.S. Cain, ‘The Bell/White MS: Some Unpublished Poems’, ELR, 2 (1972), 260-70.
Copy in: A small quarto verse anthology, in a single minute hand (but for p. 206), arranged under genre headings (‘Epitaphs’, ‘Satyricall’, ‘Love Sonnets’, etc.), probably associated with Oxford University, possibly Christ Church, 382 pages (including numerous blanks), in contemporary calf gilt. Including 13 poems by Donne and 14 (plus one of uncertain authorship) by Corbett; the scribe is that mainly responsible also for the ‘Thomas Smyth MS’ (DnJ Δ 48). c.1630s.
Later owned and used extensively as a notebook by Dr William Balam (1651-1726), of Ely, Cambridgeshire, who also annotated Cambridge University Library MS Add. 5778 and Harvard fMS Eng 966.4. Bookplate of N. Micklethwait. Owned in 1931 by the Rev. F.W. Glass, of Taverham Hall, near Norwich (seat in the 17th century of the Sotherton family and later of the Branthwayt and Micklethwait families).
Cited in IELM, I.i (1980) and II.i (1987), as the ‘Welbeck MS’: DnJ Δ 57 and CoR Δ 11. Discussed in H. Harvey Wood, ‘A Seventeenth-Century Manuscript of Poems by Donne and Others’, Essays & Studies, 16 (1931), 179-90. For Taverham Hall, see Thomas B. Norgate, A History of Taverham from Early Times to 1969 (Aylsham, 1969).
Copy in: A quarto verse miscellany, in three hands (A: pp. 1-56; B: pp. 57-60, 75-122; C: pp. 61-74, 125-7), 127 pages, in contemporary limp vellum. Including 23 poems (and a second copy of one) by Randolph. c.1635.
Mostyn MS 196: from the library originally founded by Sir Thomas Mostyn (1535-1617) at Mostyn Hall, near Holywell, Flintshire, Wales, the MS possibly acquired by Sir Roger Mostyn (1567-1642) or by his son Sir Roger Mostyn, first Baronet (1625?-90). A.S.W. Rosenbach's sale catalogue English Poetry to 1700 (1941), item 191.
Cited in IELM, II.i-ii (1987-93), as the ‘Mostyn MS’: RnT Δ 11. Recorded in HMC, 4th Report (1873), Appendix, p. 356. Edited in Howard H. Thompson, An Edition of Two Seventeenth-Century Manuscript Poetical Miscellanies (unpublished Ph.D. thesis, University of Pennsylvania, 1959) [Mic 59-4669].
Copy, headed ‘A louers inquest after his heart’ and here beginning ‘Some good folke for loue, or hire’.
In: An oblong quarto verse miscellany, in a single neat hand, written with the volume tilted with the spine to the top, 167 pages (plus blanks), in elaborately tooled green morocco gilt. Including ten poems by Carew and twelve poems by Strode (and two poems of doubtful authorship). c.1634.
The initials ‘M W’ stamped on each cover: i.e. M[aidstone] and W[inchilsea]. Evidently compiled by or for Sir Thomas Finch, Viscount Maidstone and Earl of Winchilsea (who succeeded to the peerage in 1633 and died in 1634). A.S.W. Rosenbach's sale catalogue English Poetry to 1700 (1941), item 190.
The MS came to Rosenbach with a printed exemplum of William Wishcart, An Exposition of the Lord's Prayer (London, 1633), and the two clearly share the same provenance. The printed volume is similarly bound, with the initials ‘M W’; it is inscribed ‘Lord Winchilsea for Mr Locker 1634’; it bears the late 17th-century signatures of Stephen Locker and Alexander Campbell, and the bookplates of Captain William Locker (1731-1800) and Edward Hawke Locker (1777-1849).
Cited in IELM, II.i-ii (1987-93), as the ‘Winchelsea MS’: CwT Δ 33 and StW Δ 25.
Copy in: A small quarto verse miscellany, in a single neat italic hand, with rubrication, 144 pages (plus later index). Including twelve poems by Carew, nine poems (plus one of doubtful authorship) by Randolph and nineteen (plus two of doubtful authorship) by Strode, the miscellany associated with Oxford University and possibly related to Bodleian MS Malone 21, the latest date occuring in a poem on pp. 63-6 ‘Vpon ye great Frost 1634’. c.1635.
Inscribed inside the front cover by a later owner: ‘April 1853 Read to Lit[erary] & Philosophical] Soc[iet]y of L[iver]pool’. Acquired in 1940 by Edwin Wolf II (1911-91), Philadelphia librarian.
Cited in IELM, II.i-ii (1987-93), as the ‘Wolf MS’: CwT Δ 37; RnT Δ 12; StW Δ 28.
Copy, headed ‘Cant: i = Hard by a christall spring’.
In: A quarto verse miscellany, 54 leaves, imperfect (chewed by rodents), lacking covers. Compiled by Herbert Aston (1613-88/9), poet, son of Walter Aston, Baron Aston of Forfar (1584-1639), of Tixall, Staffordshire, diplomat. c.1634.
Inscribed on f. iv‘Her: Aston [monogram] the 29 of July an: D: 1634’.
Copy in: An octavo volume of poems and some prose, including 96 poems by Donne plus his Paradoxes and Problems (many ascribed to ‘J. D’), in a single neat secretary hand, 150 pages, in 17th-century calf gilt. c.1622-33.
Later owned by Major J.B. Whitmore. Hodgson's, 20-21 November 1958, lot 571, with a facsimile page in the sale catalogue.
In: An octavo verse miscellany, including 13 poems by or attributed to Herrick, almost entirely in a single small predominantly italic hand, 250 pages (plus numerous blanks), originally in contemporary calf, but now disbound. Inscribed four times on a flyleaf ‘Tobias Alston his booke’: i.e. probably Tobias Alston (1620-c.1639) of Sayham Hall, near Sudbury, Suffolk. His half-brother Edward (b.1598) was a contemporary of Herrick at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, while his cousin, Edward Alston, later President of the College of Physicians, was a contemporary of Herrick at St John's College, Cambridge, some of the other contents also relating to Cambridge, besides some relating to Suffolk. The date 1639 occurs on p. 241, and pp. 243-50 contains verses written in two later hands (to c.1728) and some prose pieces written from the reverse end. c.1639 [-c.1728].
Names inscribed on a flyleaf including Henry Glisson (later Fellow of the College of Physicians); Thomas Avral(?); Horace Norton; Henry Rich; and James Tavor (Registrar of Cambridge University). Later owned by one John Whitehead, and by Dr Mary Pickford. Sotheby's, 27 June 1972, lot 309.
Cited in IELM, II.i (1987), as the ‘Alston MS’: HeR Δ 7. A complete set of photocopies of the MS is in the British Library, RP 772. Facsimile of pp. 6-7 in Sotheby's sale catalogue (see HeR 176, HeR 405) where the MS is described at some length. See also letters by Peter Beal and Donald W. Foster in TLS (24 January 1986), pp. 87-8.
Copy in: A duodecimo verse miscellany, in several hands, showing communal use, 161 pages (plus blanks), in contemporary calf. Late 17th century.
Formerly Chest II, No. 21.
Copy, in double columns, untitled.
In: A small quarto verse miscellany, including some thirty poems by Donne, in several hands, associated with the Inns of Court, with a 19th-century title-page, ‘A Collection of Original Poetry, written about the time of Ben: Johnson, qui ob. 1637’ and erroneously annotated ‘Chiefly in the Autograph of Dr. Donne Dean of St. Paul's’.67 pages (plus index). c.1614-25.
Later owned by Sir John Simeon, third Baronet, MP (1815-70); by Richard Monckton Milnes (1809-85), first Baron Houghton, author and politician, and by his son, Robert Offley Ashburton Milnes, afterwards Crewe-Milnes (1858-1945), first Marquess of Crewe, politician. Sotheby's, 22 July 1980, lot 585, to Quaritch.
Recorded in IELM, I.i (1980), as the ‘Monckton Milnes MS’: DnJ Δ 63. Briefly discussed in Sir John Simeon, ‘Unpublished Poems of Donne’, Miscellanies of the Philobiblon Society, 3 (London, 1856-7), No. 3, and, with selected collations, in Grierson (II, cix et passim). A complete set of photographs of the MS is in the British Library, RP 2031.
The Heart (‘If thus we needs must goe’)
First published, among Odes with Other Lyrick Poesies, in Poems (London, 1619). Hebel, II, 355-6. For a later version, see PeW 84.
Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, to the Lady Geraldine (‘From learned Florence (long time rich in fame)’)
First published in Englands Heroicall Epistles (London, 1599). Hebel, II, 277-87.
Copy, headed ‘Of a Poett:’, transcribed from the version in Robert Tofte's A Blazon of Iealousie (London, 1615), p. 48.
In: A quarto verse miscellany, including seventeen poems by Donne and fifteen by Strode, the main part in a single hand, 334 pages (but pp. 3-4 extracted, and including a later index). Possibly compiled by one ‘W: H:’: i.e. probably William Holgate (1618-46), of Queens' College, Cambridge, with late 17th-century additions apparently made by other members of the Holgate family, of Saffron Walden and Great Bardfield, Essex. c.1630s [-late 17th-century].
Owned in the early 18th century by John Wale, who supplied the index on pp. 330-3. Owned before 1927 by Col. W.G. Carwardine-Probert, of Bures, Suffolk (descendant of the Holgate family).
Cited in IELM, I.i (1980), as the ‘Holgate MS’: DnJ Δ 58. Briefly discussed in W.G.P., ‘Verses by Francis Beaumont’, TLS (15 September 1921), p. 596, and in E.K. Chambers, William Shakespeare, 2 vols (Oxford, 1930), II, 222-4. Also discussed, with facsimiles on pp. 68 and 70 of pp. 181 and 13, in Michael Roy Denbo, ‘Editing a Renaissance Commonplace Book: The Holgate Miscellany’, in New Ways of Looking at Old Texts, III, ed. W. Speed Hill (Tempe, AZ, 2004). pp. 65-73. For facsimile pages see DnJ 2931 and ShW 25. Complete microfilm in the Essex Record Office (T/A 98).
‘How many paltry, foolish, painted things’
First published, as sonnet 6, in Idea in Englands Heroicall Epistles (London, 1599). Hebel, II, 313.
‘If the deep sighs of an afflicted breast’
First published in John Ward, First Set of English Madrigals (London, 1613), xxiii-xxiv. First attributed to Drayton in Thomas Oliphant, La Musa Madrigalesca (London, 1837), p. 286. English Madrigal Verse 1588-1632, ed. E.H. Fellowes et al., 3rd edition (Oxford, 1967), pp. 270-1.
Copies, in a musical setting by John Ward.
In: A set of five oblong quarto music part books (Cantus, Altus, Sextus, Tenor, Bassus), ranging from 40 to 110 leaves each (including blanks), in half-red calf marbled boards. Compiled largely by Thomas Hamond (d.1662), of Cressners, in the parish of Hawkedon, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. 1630-3.
Bequeathed in 1800 by Osborne Wight, of New College, Oxford.
Discussed in M.C. Crum, ‘A Seventeenth-Century Collection of Music Belonging to Thomas Hamond, a Suffolk Landowner’, BLR, 6, No. 1 (October 1957), 373-86, and in Ian Payne, ‘George Kirbye (c. 1565-1634): Two Important Repertories of English Secular Vocal Music Surviving Only in Manuscript’, MQ, 73, No. 3 (1989), 401-16.
Copy in a musical setting by John Ward.
In: A folio songbook, i + 6 leaves, now mounted with other MSS (1015-1019) in a double-folio guardbook. Early 17th century.
Formerly at St Michael's College, Tenbury Wells.
A complete facsimile of this volume in English Song 1600-1675, ed. Elise Bickford Jorgens, Vol. 6 (New York & London, 1987).
This MS collated in John P. Cutts, ‘Early Seventeenth-Century Lyrics at St. Michael's College’, M&L, 37 (1956), 221-33 (p. 232).
King John to Matilda (‘When these my Letters come into thy view’)
First published inEnglands Heroicall Epistles (London, 1599). Hebel, II, 147-52.
Lines 149-52 (beginning ‘Th' Arabian Bird, that never is but one’) later published in a version beginning ‘'Tis the Arabian bird alone’, attributed to John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, in Poems on Affairs of State (London, 1703), p. 191.
Copy of the later version of lines 149-52.
In: A tall folio formal miscellany of poems and prose on affairs of state, in several rounded hands, with (ff. ivr-vr) a ‘Catalogue’ of titles, 186 leaves, in contemporary blind-stamped calf within modern half-morocco. c.1700s.
Bookplate of Basil Feilding (1668-1717), fourth Earl of Denbigh, dated 1703. Sold in 1834 by Thomas Thorpe. Owned by the Rev. Dr Martin Joseph Routh (1755-1854), scholar, President of Magdalen College, Oxford. Sotheby's, 5 July 1855 (Routh sale), lot 178.
Copy of the later version of lines 149-52.
In: A folio miscellany of poems on affairs of state, in a single professional rounded hand, entitled ‘A Collection of Choyce Poems, Lampoons, and Satyrs from 1673 to 1689. Never Extant in Print’, 335 pages (plus a Table of contents and blanks), in modern red morocco. c.1690s.
In the collection of Robert H. Taylor (1908-85), American book and manuscript collector. Formerly Restoration poetry MS 2.
This MS collated in POAS, I.
Copy of the later version of lines 149-52, headed ‘The Encouragement’.
In: A folio miscellany of poems on affairs of state, in a single professional hand, in two volumes: Vol. I, including twelve poems by Rochester and Sodom, as well as apocryphal item, spp. 1-461 (plus index); Vol. II, pp. 462-842 (with irregularities of pagination). This MS is closely related to Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna, Cod. 14090. c.1690s-1700.
Later owned by Alexander Dyce (1798-1869), literary scholar and editor, who records that £50 ‘was given by Perry, for these 2 volumes’.
Cited in IELM, II.ii (1993), as the Dyce MS: RoJ Δ 15.
Copy of the later version of lines 149-52.
In: A duodecimo verse miscellany, in a largely secretary hand, 222 pages, in calf. c.1705.
Copy of the later version of lines 149-52.
In: The first of a set of two folio verse miscellanies, in several hands, compiled in part by Maurice Johnson (1668-1755), in contemporary calf. Early 18th century.
The Legend of Pierce Gaveston (‘From gloomie shaddowes of eternall Night’)
First published (1740-line version) in London, [1593-4]. Hebel, I, 157-207. 702-line version among Legends in Poems (London, 1619). Hebel, II, 431-50.
Copy of the last thirty stanzas, here beginning ‘then dayly begg'd I. / And being inconsideratly proud’, probably transcribed from Poems (London, 1619); imperfect, lacking the first part of the poem.
Edited from this MS in Hebel, II, 431-50.
Mortimeriados, The Lamentable ciuell warres of Edward the second and the Barrons (‘The lowring heaven had mask'd her in a clowde’)
First published, with two verse dedications to Lucy, Countess of Bedford, in London, 1596. Hebel, I, 305-92.
Copy of seven lines, headed ‘On Iealosie’ and here beginning Pale Iealousie child of insatiate Loue, transcribed from the version in Robert Tofte's A Blazon of Iealousie (London, 1615), p. 11.
In: the MS described under DrM 37.5. c.1630s [-late 17th-century].
Mr. M.D. To the Author (‘Such was old Orpheus cunning’)
First published in Thomas Morley, First Booke of Balletts to Five Voyces (London, 1595). Hebel, I, 493.
Copies, in a musical setting by Thomas Ravenscroft, untitled.
In: A set of five oblong quarto music part books (Cantus/Bassus, Quintus, Altus, Tenor, Bassus), including verses, chiefly in two hands, ranging from 34 to 63 leaves each, in half-red calf marbled boards. Compiled largely by Thomas Hamond (d.1662), of Cressners, in the parish of Hawkdons, Suffolk. c.1630s.
f. 11 (Cantus/Bassus) inscribed ‘Edmond Stapley’.
Edited from this MS in Hebel, I, 493.
The Muses Elizium
See DrM 76.
‘Nature, and Arte are overmatcht by thee’
First published in Percy Simpson, ‘Thomas Palmer’, N&Q, 8th Ser. 8 (28 September 1895), 243-4. Hebel, I, 497.
Copy, in a formal secretary hand, untitled, subscribed ‘Mic: Draiton’.
In: A quarto book of emblems, entitled The Sprite of Trees and Herbes (1598-9), in one or more secretary and italic hands, the emblems in watercolour emblems, with prefatory material addressed to Lord Burghley and Sir Robert Cecil and commendatory verses by others, 115 leaves, in later green morocco. Produced by Thomas Palmer (1540-1626), poet and orator. c.1598-early 17th century.
Inscribed (f. 1r) ‘Margarett Nevill’ and ‘Wrote in the Year 1663’. Later owned by Thomas Rodd (1796-1849). Rodd sale, February 1850, lot 688.
Edited from this MS in Simpson and in Hebel.
‘Nothing but No and I, and I and No’
First published, as sonnet 8, in Idea in Englands Heroicall Epistles (London, 1599). Hebel, II, 313 (sonnet 5).
Copy, headed ‘Sonnet No and I’.
In: A quarto verse miscellany, in a Scottish secretary hand, paginated 5-132, bound with a later verse MS on 98 pages, in brown calf. c.1630s-40s.
Bookplate of John Pinkerton (1758-1826), historian and poet. Sotheby's, April 1812 (Pinkerton sale), lot 593, to Richard Heber (1774-1833), book collector. Sotheby's, 1836 (Heber sale, Part XI), lot 1104, to Thomas Thorpe. His catalogue, 1836, bought by Laing.
The Owle (‘What time the the Sunne by his all-quickning Power’)
First published in London, 1604. Hebel, II, 477-514.
Copy, in double columns, complete with dedication to Sir Walter Aston (beginning ‘For the shrill Trumpet, and sterne Tragick sounds’), transcribed from the edition of 1604, subscribed ‘FINIS xxi Die Aprilis, Anno 1604’.
In: A folio miscellany chiefly of verse, formally set out in a single neat secretary hand, compiled between 6 April and 17 November 1604, 80 pages, in modern marbled boards. 1604.
Phillipps MS 9062. Sotheby's (Phillipps sale), lot 00. Inscribed in pencil (f. [iir]) as owned on 11 May 1903 by William Augustus White (1843-1927), American banker and collector. Items 185 and 624 respectively in two unidentified sale catalogues.
This MS recorded in Hebel, V (1961), 283. A photocopy is in the Bodleian, Juel-Jensen Drayton Collection.
In: An octavo miscellany of English and Latin verse and prose, in a small secretary hand, 79 leaves (largely blank), disbound. Early 17th century.
Peirs Gaveston (‘From gloomy shaddowe of eternall night’)
See DrM 40.
First published in London, 1612. 1622. Hebel, IV.
See also DrM 74.
Extracts, headed ‘Drayton. Sr Walter Astons Coment’, dated 1648.
In: An octavo notebook of extracts, in a single small mixed hand, written from both ends, 165 leaves, in contemporary calf. Compiled by one William Bright, entitled ‘ffragmenta hic omnigena è varijs excerpta authoribus ad priuatum existunt vsum WB ex anno 1644’. c.1644-76.
Inscribed also inside the lower cover ‘Will: Bright Novemb 12th pretiu 8d 1645’.
In: A folio composite miscellany compiled entirely by William Drummond of Hawthornden, including (ff. 165r-6v, 246r-7v) copies of, or brief extracts from, nineteen poems by Donne, 300 leaves, in 19th-century calf gilt. c.1618-20s.
Among the collections of William Drummond of Hawthornden: Hawthornden Vol. VIII.
Cited in IELM, I.i (1980), as the Drummond Miscellany: DnJ Δ 66. Some extracts from this MS edited in Laing (1831), pp. 78-82. ‘Drummond's Catalogue of Comedies’ (ff. 122-3). Recorded in MacDonald, Library of Drummond, pp. 231-2.
In: MS of John Shrimpton's History of St Albans. c.1640.
In: MS of An Essay towards the Recovery of the Four Great Roman Ways by Roger Gale (1672-1744). Early 18th century.
‘Since to obtaine thee, nothing me will sted’
First published, as sonnet 15 of Idea, in Poems (London, 1619). Hebel, II, 318 (sonnet 15).
A Skeltoniad (‘The Muse should be sprightly’)
First published in Poemes Lyrick and pastorall (London, ). Among Odes with Other Lyrick Poesies in Poems (London, 1619). Hebel, II, 370.
‘Some misbeleeving, and prophane in Love’
First published as Amour 12 in a version beginning ‘Some Atheist or vile Infidel in love’ in Ideas Mirrour (London, 1594). A version beginning ‘Some misbeleeving, and prophane in Love’ first published, as sonnet 35 of Idea, in Englands Heroicall Epistles (London, 1599). Hebel, I, 103. II, 328 (sonnet 35).
Copy, headed ‘Sonnet’.
In: the MS described under DrM 43. c.1630s-40s.
These verses weare made by Michaell Drayton Esquier Poett Laureatt the night before hee dyed (‘Soe well I love thee, as without thee I’)
First published in Oliver Elton, Michael Drayton (London, 1905), p. 210. Hebel, I, 507.
To His Coy Love, A Conzonet (‘I pray thee leave, love me no more’)
First published, among Odes with Other Lyrick Poesies, in Poems (London, 1619). Hebel, II, 372.
Copy, headed ‘A Sonnet’.
In: An octavo verse miscellany, in a single small neat predominantly secretary hand but for additions in a second hand on ff. 35v and 58r, compiled by an Oxford man, possibly a member of Wadham College, 97 leaves (inclusing two blanks), in half-calf. Including 14 poems by Carew (and a second copy of one poem), eight poems (plus 3 of doubtful authorship) by Randolph, and 28 poems by Strode (plus a second copy of one and two of doubtful authorship). c.late 1630s.
Later used and annotated by William Fulman (1632-88), Oxford antiquary, and entries in his hand on f. 97r. Formerly Bodleian, MS CCC.328.
Cited in IELM, II.i-ii (1987-93), as the ‘Fulman MS’: CwT Δ 2; RnT Δ 6; StW Δ 16.
Edited from this MS in Hebel, II, 372
Copy, untitled, in a musical setting.
In: A folio songbook, 121 leaves (including c.20 blanks and an index), in contemporary calf (rebacked). Including ten poems by Carew and twelve poems by or attributed to Herrick, in musical settings, predominantly in a single hand (ff. 2r-63v, 92r-9r, 100r, with a change of style on ff. 64r-5v and in the index probably by the same hand), with 18th-century additions on ff. 81v-7v, 89r-v and 145v-53r, and scribbling elsewhere. c.1640s-60s.
Later owned by Colonel W.G. Probert, of Bevills, Bures, Suffolk. Sold by Quaritch in 1937.
Cited in IELM, II.i (1987), as the ‘Probert MS’: CwT Δ 4, HeR Δ 1. Discussed and analysed in John P. Cutts, ‘A Bodleian Song-Book: Don. C. 57’, M&L, 34 (1953), 192-211. Also briefly discussed in George Thewlis, ‘Some Notes on a Bodleian Manuscript’, M&L, 22 (1941) 32-5, and in Willa McClung Evans, ‘Shakespeare's “Harke Harke ye Larke”’, PMLA, 60 (1945), 95-101 (with a facsimile of f. 78r). A facsimile of the volume in English Song 1600-1675, ed. Elise Bickford Jorgens, Vol. 6 (New York & London, 1987).
Printed from this MS in John P. Cutts, ‘A Bodleian Song-Book: Don. C. 57’, M&L, 34 (1953), 192-211 (p. 205).
Copy, headed ‘Cant 22’.
In: A folio verse miscellany, ii + 65 leaves, in contemporary vellum. Entitled Miscentur seria iocis. 1647. Elegies, Exequies, Epitaphs, Epigrams, Songs Satires and other Poems, a formal compilation entirely in the hand of the Yorkshire antiquary John Hopkinson (1610-80). 1647.
From the library of Cecil Brent, FSA. Sold by P.J. & A.E. Dobell, January 1938.
Copy, headed in the margin ‘Sonett’.
In: A folio verse miscellany, comprising nearly 250 poems, in five hands, vii + 135 leaves (with a modern index), in contemporary calf gilt (rebacked), with remains of clasps. Including 16 poems (plus second copies of two) by Carew, 19 poems by or attributed to Herrick (and second copies of six of them), 23 poems (plus second copies of two and four of doubtful authorship) by Randolph, 18 poems (plus two of doubtful authorship) by Strode, and eleven poems by Waller. c.1630s-40s.
Inscribed on a flyleaf ‘Peeter Daniell’ and his initials stamped on both covers. Later scribbling including the names ‘Thomas Gardinor’, ‘James Leigh’ and ‘Pettrus Romell’. Owned in 1780 by one ‘A. B.’ when it was given to Thomas Percy (1768-1808), later Bishop of Dromore. Sotheby's, 29 April 1884 (Percy sale), lot 1. Acquired from Quaritch, 1957.
Cited in IELM, II.i-ii (1987-93), as the ‘Daniell MS’: CwT Δ 5, HeR Δ 2, RnT Δ 1, StW Δ 5, WaE Δ 9. Briefly discussed in Margaret Crum, ‘An Unpublished Fragment of Verse by Herrick’, RES, NS 11 (1960), 186-9. A facsimile of f. 22v in Marcy L. North, ‘Amateur Compilers, Scribal Labour, and the Contents of Early Modern Poetic Miscellanies’, EMS, 16 (2011), 82-111 (p. 106). Betagraphs of the watermark in f. 65 in Ted-Larry Pebworth, ‘Towards a Taxonomy of Watermarks’, in Puzzles in Paper: Concepts in Historical Watermarks, ed. Daniel W. Mosser, Michael Saffle and Ernest W. Sullivan, II (London, 2000), pp. 229-42 (p. 241).
In: An octavo verse miscellany, compiled by the writer Robert Codrington (1602-65) of Magdalen College, Oxford, 360 pages (including stubs of extracted leaves on pp. 297-328 and blanks, plus index), in contemporary calf. Including 16 poems by Carew and 13 poems (plus one of doubtful authorship) by Strode. Written in three hands: i.e. A (Codrington's hand, including his own poems) on pp. 1-283, 349-55; B on pp. 284-9; and C on pp. 289-348, 356-60; dated (pp. 1-22) ‘Anno Dom: 1638’ and ‘The 30th of May. 1638’. c.1638.
Acquired from Blackwell's, 1962.
Cited in IELM, II.i-ii (1987-93), as the ‘Codrington MS’: CwT Δ 7 and StW Δ 7.
Copy, headed ‘A Canzonet to his coy love’, probably transcribed from Poems (London, 1619).
Copy of lines 1-4, 12-15, untitled.
In: A duodecimo miscellany of verse and prose, in a single neat largely italic hand, 155 leaves, in modern half-morocco. c.1630.
The table of contents (f. 155v) subscribed ‘Margrett Bellasys’, possibly the daughter of Thomas Belasyse (1577-1652), first Viscount Fauconberg of Henknowle. The front endpaper later inscribed ‘The pieces which I have extracted for “The Specimens” are, Page 91, 211, 265’: i.e. possibly by Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), editor of Specimens of the British Poets first published in 1809. Afterwards owned by Richard Heber (1774-1833), book collector. Evans (Sotheby's), 29 February 1836 (Heber sale, Part VIII), lot 13.
This MS recorded in Hebel, V, 147.
Copy, untitled, here beginning ‘I prithee leave, love me no more’.
In: A folio composite volume of separate MSS of verse and some prose, in various secretary and italic hands, written over an extended period, with a table of contents (f. 3r-v), 186 leaves. Comprising papers of the Skipwith family of Cotes, Leicestershire, including 60 poems by John Donne (and one Problem), the text related in part to the ‘Edward Smyth MS’ (DnJ Δ 45); also 15 poems (and second copies of two) by Henry King; and 19 poems (and two of doubtful authorship) by Carew. c.1620-50.
Including poems ascribed to William Skipwith (? Sir William Skipwith, d.1610, or his grandson, William, or possibly a cousin, William Skipwith, of Ketsby, Lincolnshire, fl.1633); to Sir Henry Skipwith (fl.1609-52); and to Thomas Skipwith, and several poems by Donne's friend Sir Henry Goodyer (1571-1627), to whom a branch of the Skipwith family was related by marriage. Later owned by Robert Sherard (1719-99), fourth Earl of Harborough. Sotheby's, 10 June 1864, lot 605, to Boone.
This MS is the ‘curious folio volume’ lent to John Nichols (1745-1826) by ‘the late Lord Harborough’ and cited in Nichols's account of the Skipwith family in his History of Leicestershire, 4 vols (1795-1815), III, part i (1800), 367.
Cited in IELM, I.i (1980) and II.i (1987), as the ‘Skipwith MS’: DnJ Δ 21; CwT Δ 14; KiH Δ 8. Also described in Mary Hobbs's thesis, pp. 119-29 (see KiH Δ 6). For Sir William Skipwith and his literary connections, see James Knowles, ‘Marston, Skipwith and The Entertainment at Ashby’, EMS, 3 (1992), 137-92 (esp.pp. 171-2).
Copy, headed ‘On Tantalized by his Mris.’.
In: A quarto miscellany of verse and prose, in English, Latin and Greek, largely in one secretary hand, written from both ends, with indexes (ff. 2r-3r, 168r-v), 168 leaves, in contemporary limp vellum. Compiled by Sir John Perceval, Bt (1629-65), probably while at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Volume CXCII of the papers of the Perceval family, Earls of Egmont, and the allied Southwell family. c.1646-9.
Copy, in a musical setting, untitled.
In: A tall folio composite miscellany of chiefly music and heraldic and genealogical material, in various hands and paper sizes, 45 leaves, in contemporary leather gilt with stamped initials ‘R A’ and arms of James I within modern half morocco. Volume XXII of the collections of Warren Royal Dawson (1888-1968), antiquary.
Associated with the Aston family of Aston, Cheshire, and probably once owned by Sir Roger Aston (d.1612), Master of the Great Wardrobe to James I and his heirs. Also inscribed with the names of [James?] Davies, an officer serving under Sir Charles Morgan during the Thirty Years War, and Thomas Davies. One section linscribed (f. 12r, c.1682-6) ‘Sylvanus Stirrop His Booke’. Bought by Warren Dawson at Sotheby's 1931.
This volume described in Pamela J. Willetts, ‘Silvanus Stirrop's Book’, Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle, No. 10 (1972), 101-7, 156.
Copy, untitled, subscribed ‘J: D:’.
In: the MS described under DrM 3. Mid-17th century.
This MS recorded in Hebel, V, 147.
Copy in: the MS described under DrM 20. c.1640.
Copy, in a musical setting.
In: the MS described under DrM 21. c.1637.
Copy, in a musical setting, untitled.
In: MS songbook. Owned and probably compiled by Elizabeth Davenant (sister of Sir William Davenant), of Oxford. c.1624-30s.
Complete facsimile of this MS volume in Jorgens, VII (1987). Discussed in John P. Cutts, ‘“Mris Elizabeth Davenant 1624”: Christ Church MS. Mus. 87’, RES, NS 10 (1959), 26-37.
Copy, headed ‘A Sonett’.
In: A large quarto verse miscellany, 76 leaves, in old vellum wrappers within modern quarter red morocco on marbled boards. Part I, including some Welsh, comprises sixteen leaves, all (but for f. 15r-v) in the cursive hand of William Jordan, schoolmaster of Denbigh or Caernarvon, whose name (‘Gulielmus Jordan’) is inscribed, the dates 1680-83 occurring. c.1674-84.
Part II comprises 60 leaves, ff. 1-50v in a neat italic hand, ff. 51r-60r in several other cursive hands.
The vellum wrapper on Part II bears notes on a debt by William Jordan in 1674 relating to ‘Evan Thomas’ and ‘Mr Richard Wilkinsn in pepper street’. Formerly Folger MS 1669.2.
In: An octavo miscellany, comprising ‘Instructions for Justices of the Peace’ in a roman hand at one end and, from the other end a collection of poems in a secretary hand, much of the MS written in double columns in oblong format, 92 leaves, in calf. c.1623-30s.
Probably compiled by two members of the Calverley family (f. 1r contains a poem headed ‘A new years giuft presented to my father and Mother by my Brother Thomas Calverly’).
Later in the library od Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bt (1792-1872), manuscript and book collector: Phillipps MS 9624. Owned before 1947 by N.M. Broadbent. Later owned by Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. (1906-90), American businessman and collector. Christie's, 13 June 1979 (Houghton sale, Part I), lot 135, to Maggs.
Copy, headed ‘From Drayton's Works. To His Coy Love, a Canzonet’, followed (p. 37) by a Latin version ‘Puellæ fastidiosæ; ode’ (“Parce, precor, parce; inque alium jam transfer”).
In: A small quarto verse miscellany, 149 pages (plus many blanks), in contemporary calf gilt. c.1791.
To his Rivall (‘Her lov'd I most’)
First published, among Odes with Other Lyrick Poesies, in Poems (London, 1619). Hebel, II, 368-9.
To His Valentine (‘Muse, bid the Morne awake’)
First published, among Odes with Other Lyrick Poesies, in Poems (London, 1619). Hebel, II, 352-4.
To the Cambro-Britans, and their Harpe, his Ballad of Agincourt (‘Faire stood the Wind for France’)
First published, among Odes with Other Lyrick Poesies, in Poems (London, 1619). Hebel, II, 375-8.
A printed exemplum of Poems (London, 1619) with annotations in the hand of Richard Butcher (1587-1664), including an extra stanza added to the Ballad of Agincourt. c.1620.
This item recorded and the extra stanza edited in Hebel, V (1961), 291; facsimile in Hebel, III (1961), facing p. 9.
‘Upon a Banke with Roses set about’
First published in Englands Helicon (London, 1600). Musical setting of first stanza published in John Ward, First Set of English Madrigals (London, 1613), No. xviii. Hebel, II, 525 (lines 105-28 of The Second Eclogue of Pastorals).
Copies, in a musical setting by John Ward, untitled.
In: the MS described under DrM 38. 1630-3.
To the Reader (‘The word LEGEND...’)
First published in Poems (London, 1619). Hebel, II, 382.
Abbreviated version of the Preface to Legends, untitled, probably transcribed from Poems (London, 1619).
Edited from this MS in Hebel, II, 382.
Extracts, inscribed ‘Drayton's Epistles’.
In: A folio miscellany of extracts, in a single cursive hand, 351 leaves, in modern half brown morocco on marbled boards. c.1685-1700s.
Sotheby's, 13 July 1855, lot 1364.
Printed Books Inscribed by Drayton
Cotton, Sir Robert. A Short View of the Long Life and Reign of Henry the Third, King of England (London, 1627)
A printed exemplum with alleged autograph signature and notes by Drayton. c.1627?.
Sotheby's, 18 April 1803 (Robert Grave sale), lot 2021, to Forster.
Drayton, Michael. The Battaile of Agincourt (London, 1627)
A printed exemplum with Drayton's autograph inscription to Sir Henry Willoughby. 1627.
Facsimiles of the inscription in Greg, English Literary Autographs, Plate VIII(c), and in Bernard H. Newdigate, Michael Drayton and his Circle (Oxford, 1961), facing p. 207.
Drayton, Michael. Poly-olbion (London, 1612)
A printed exemplum with an alleged autograph presentation inscription by Drayton to Thomas Holl. c.1612.
Sotheby's, 22 May 1874 (Sir William Tite sale), lot 961, to Sotheran.
The Muses Elizium (London, 1630)
A printed exemplum with Drayton's autograph presentation inscription to Sir Richard Brawne.
A facsimile of the inscription appears in Hebel, V (1961), 266.
Autograph letter signed by Drayton, to William Drummond of Hawthornden, 22 November 1620. 1620.
Edited, with a facsimile, in Bent Juel-Jensen, ‘Michael Drayton and William Drummond of Hawthornden: A Lost Manuscript Letter Rediscovered’, The Library, 5th Ser. 21 (1966), 328-30. Facsimile also in IELM, I.ii (1980), Facsimile XII, p. 9.
A signed autograph receipt by Drayton, 21 January 1598/9.
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, Plate VIII(a); in Bernard H. Newdigate, Michael Drayton and his Circle (Oxford, 1961), facing p. 106; in Petti, English Literary Hands, No. 42; and in The Henslowe Papers, ed. R.A. Foakes (London, 1977).
An autograph signature by Drayton, on a slip probably cut from Henslowe's ‘Diary’, formerly pasted in a printed exemplum of Mortimeriados (London, 1596). Late 16th-early 17th century.
Facsimile in Greg, Plate VIII(b.
Two signatures pasted in a printed exemplum of Drayton's Poems (London, 1605) the second probably not genuine. c.1605?.
Facsimiles of both signatures in W.W. Greg, ‘Fragments from Henslowe's Diary’, Collections: Volume IV, Malone Society (Oxford, 1956), 27-32 (facing p. 32), and in Foakes.
Drayton's autograph signature as witness to an indenture, also signed by his patron Sir Walter Aston, concerning the sale to Aston of the manor of Coulton, Staffordshire, by members of the Gresley family, and its subsequent lease to certain of their servants, 31 May 1609. 1609.
Drayton's signature as witness to an indenture, leasing land in Polesworth parish to Henry Lakin, also signed by Sir Henry Goodyer, 3 December 1613. 1613.
Discussed in I.A. Shapiro, ‘Drayton at Polesworth’, N&Q, 194 (12 November 1949), 496.
Miscellaneous Extracts from Drayton's Works
Extracts from poems by Drayton incorporated in another poem.
In: the MS described under DrM 57. c.1630.
Cited in Hebel, V, 140, note 2.
Series of extracts from works by Drayton, including Englands Heroicall Epistles and Mortimeriados, notably on ff. 125v-7v, 139r, 143r-4r, 159r-60r, and 163v.
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.