Richard Barnfield (1574–1620)

Verse

The Affectionate Shepheard (‘Of all the kindes of common countrey life’)

First published in London, 1594. Grosart, pp. 1-55.

BaR 0.5

Extract, lines 264-5.

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.

Somerset Heritage Centre, DD/SF/10/5/1, f. 38r.

The Combat betweene Conscience and Couetousnesse, in the Mind of Man (‘Now had the cole-blacke steedes, of pitchie Night’)

First published in London, 1598. Grosart, pp. 175-85. Arber, pp. 107-14. Klawitter, pp. 171-7.

BaR 1

Phonetic transcript of the complete edition of 1605 (in The Encomion of Lady Pecunia &c) made by Robert Robinson. c.1617.

In: A quarto composite volume of state papers and tracts, in various hands, 140 leaves. c.1617.

Printed from this MS in Dobson, pp. 47-52.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 1153, ff. 129r-31v.

A Comparison of the Life of Man (‘Man's life is well compared to a feast’)

First published in Poems: In Divers Humors (London, 1598). Grosart, p. 194. Arber, p. 124.

BaR 2

Phonetic transcript of the edition of 1605 (in The Encomion of Lady Pecunia &c) made by Robert Robinson.

In: the MS described under BaR 1. c.1617.

Printed from this MS in Dobson, p. 64.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 1153, f. 137v.

BaR 3

Copy, untitled.

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 Briefly discussed in Margaret Crum, ‘An Unpublished Fragment of Verse by Herrick’, RES, NS 11 (1960), 186-9.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).

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. c. 50, f. 33r.

BaR 3.5

Copy in: An octavo verse miscellany, in a single small mixed hand throughout; 425 pages (plus an eight-page index), in contemporary calf. Including 45 poems (and a second copy of one) by Carew, 11 poems (plus one of doubtful authorship) by Corbett, and 25 poems (plus two of doubtful authorship) by Strode. c.1634.

The initials ‘T. C.’ stamped on the front cover. Sold by Thomas Thorpe (1836). Afterwards in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bt (1792-1872), manuscript and book collector: Phillipps MS 9536, and by Marsden J. Perry (1850-1935), of Providence, Rhode Island, industrialist, banker, and art and books collector. A.S.W. Rosenbach's sale catalogue English Poetry to 1700 (1941), item 189.

Cited in IELM, II.i-ii (1987-93), as the ‘Rosenbach MS II’: CwT Δ 32, CoR Δ 12, and StW Δ 24. Discussed in Scott Nixon, ‘The Manuscript Sources of Thomas Carew's Poetry’, EMS, 8 (2000), 186-224 (pp. 193-5).

Rosenbach Museum & Library, MS 239/27, p. 52.

The Complaint of Poetrie for the Death of Liberalitie (‘Weepe Heauens now, for you haue lost your light’)

First published in London, 1598. Grosart, pp. 154-74. Arber, pp. 95-105. Klawitter, pp. 161-70.

BaR 4

Phonetic transcript of the edition of 1605 (in The Encomion of Lady Pecunia &c) made by Robert Robinson.

In: the MS described under BaR 1. c.1617.

Printed from this MS in Dobson, pp. 53-64.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 1153, ff. 132r-7v.

The Encomion of Lady Pecunia: or The Praise of Money (‘I sing not of Angellica the faire’)

First published in London, 1598. Grosart, pp. 129-53. Arber, pp. 81-93. Klawitter, pp. 149-60.

See also BaR 8.

BaR 5

Phonetic transcript of the complete edition of 1605 made by Robert Robinson.

In: the MS described under BaR 1. c.1617.

Printed from this MS in Dobson, pp. 29-46, with a facsimile of f. 117 as the frontispiece.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 1153, ff. 117r-19r, 122r-8r.

An Ode (‘As it fell upon a Day’)

First published in Poems: In Divers Humors (London, 1598). Grosart, pp. 190-2. Arber, pp. 120-1. Klawitter, pp. 183-4.

BaR 6

Copy, with the second line (‘In the merry month of May’) placed first, in the hand of Katherine Packer (b.1623/4), later (1644) wife of John Gell, on a single leaf. c.1638.

In: Papers of the Gell family, formerly of Hopton Hall, Derbyshire, in different hands and paper sizes, now disbound in folders.

Sotheby's, 16 December 1950, lot 560. Owned by Arthur A. Houghton, Jr (1906-90), American businessman and collector. Given to the Houghton Library by Robert S. Pirie in 1959.

Edited from this MS in Dobson, pp. 64-5.

Harvard, bMS Eng 1107, Folder 6.

A Remembrance of some English Poets (‘Liue Spenser euer, in thy Fairy Queene’)

First published in Poems: In Divers Humors (London, 1598). Grosart, p. 190. Arber, pp. 119-20. Klawitter, p. 182.

BaR 7

Phonetic transcript of the edition of 1605 (in The Encomion of Lady Pecunia &c) made by Robert Robinson.

In: the MS described under BaR 1. c.1617.

Printed from this MS in Dobson, pp. 64-5.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 1153, f. 138r.

To the right Wor Sir John Spenser Knighte Alderman of the honnorable Citty of London and lorde treasurer of Lady pecunia (‘Led by the swifte reporte of winged fame’)

First published as a dedicatory epistle to The Encomion of Lady Pecunia (London, 1605). Grosart, pp. 214-15. Arber, p. 84. Klawitter, p. 190.

BaR 8

Copy, subscribed ‘Richard Barnfield’.

In: A duodecimo miscellany of verse and some prose, in a secretary hand, largely written in oblong format, 36 pages (including blanks), in vellum wrappers (a recycled medieval religious text). Early 17th century.

Formerly among the manuscripts of the Isham family at Lamport Hall, Northamptonshire.

Recorded in HMC, 3rd report (1872), Appendix, p. 253.

Edited from this MS in Grosart (where it is mistakenly described as autograph), with a facsimile on p. 198. Edited in Klawitter. Discussed in Morris, pp. 142-3.

Folger, MS V.a.161, pp. 16-17.

Documents

Document(s)

BaR 9

Barnfield's early secretary signature (‘Richard Barnefeild’), dated 27 November 1589. 1589.

In: Subscription Register. 1581-1615.

This MS discussed, with a facsimile, in Andrew Doyle, ‘Richard Barnfield: The Overlooked Autograph’, N&Q, 248 (March 2003), 70-4.

Oxford University Archives, S.P.38, Register Ab, f. 66r.

BaR 10

Inscriptions, including ‘Richardi Barnefilde’ in an italic hand and ‘Richardi Barnefeilde libellus ex dono Gulielmi’ in a neater italic hand. On a flyleaf in a quarto MS volume of Latin prose texts, beginning with a treatise ‘Philosophiæ Encomion’, in a cursive italic hand, 21 leaves, in contemporary limp vellum.

Other inscribed names including ‘Edward Herbert’, ‘William Lee’, ‘William Andrewe’, and ‘Evan Thoues’.

National Library of Wales, Herbert of Cherbury Manuscripts and Papers E2/6/1.