A new Ballad of ye dauncing on ye ropes to ye tune of a rich Merchant man, &c (‘I sing of a wonder strange’)
First published in F. David Hoeniger, ‘Thomas Dekker, the Restoration of St. Paul's and J.P. Collier, the Forger’, Rennaisance News, 16 (1963), 181-200 (pp. 193-4).
Copy, subscribed ‘Tho: Decker’.
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.
Edited from this MS in Hoeniger.
Paul his Temple triumphant (‘O Troynouant (my mother) whoe hast tolld’)
First published in F. David Hoeniger, ‘Thomas Dekker, the Restoration of St. Paul's and J.P. Collier, the Forger’, Renaissance News, 16 (1963), 181-200 (pp. 194-200).
Vpon her bringing by water to White Hall (‘The Queene was brought by water to White Hall’)
First published in The Wonderfull yeare (London, 1603). Reprinted in William Camden, Remaines (London, 1614), and in Thomas Heywood, The Life and Death of Queene Elizabeth (London, 1639). Grosart, I, 93-4. Tentatively (but probably wrongly) attributed to Camden in George Burke Johnston, ‘Poems by William Camden’, SP, 72 (December 1975), 112.
Copy, here ascribed to Thomas Heywood. c.1663.
In: A quarto composite miscellany, in Latin and English, associated with Oxford University, iii + 68 leaves. In three parts, the first (ff. 1-20) owned in 1669 and probably compiled by Francis Philips (b.1651) of Brasenose College, Oxford; the second (ff. 21-46), c.1663 or so; the third part (ff. 47 onwards) 19th-century. c.1669.
Once owned by the Rev. Philip Bliss (1787-1857), antiquary and book collector. Sotheby's, 2 August 1858 (Bliss sale), lot 172. Purchased from the executors of Dr John Griffiths (d.1885) in May 1886.
Copy, headed ‘On Qu: Elizabeth carried to her buriall’.
In: A quarto verse miscellany, in English and Latin, predominantly in a single hand (up to f. 34v), with additions in four subsequent hands (ff. 37-50v), 50 leaves, in vellum. Compiled for the most part by a University of Oxford man, with (f. 1r-v) a list of contents. c.1640s.
Once owned by one John Faith, and by William Fulman (1632-88), Oxford antiquary.
Formerly cited as Corpus Christi College, MS E.i.33.
Copy, headed ‘On Queene Elizabeths death’.
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.
Copy in: A quarto verse miscellany, 171 leaves, with an index, imperfect at the beginning, in contemporary calf (rebacked). Compiled by Colonel Gabriel Lepipre, being the ‘4th Vol’. of his compilations. c.1748-50s.
Donated in 1938 by F.F. Madan.
Copy, headed ‘On Queene Elizabeth dying at Richmond and brought to Whitehall by water’.
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 in: A quarto verse miscellany, in English and Latin, including 37 poems by Donne, in several hands, written from both ends, 279 leaves (including numerous blanks, mostly in ff. 42r-140r), with stubs of extracted leaves, in contemporary calf. Compiled in part by the Oxford printer Christopher Wase (1627-90), fellow of King's College, Cambridge. Mid-17th century.
Later owned by John Somers (1651-1716), Baron Somers, Lord Chancellor, and his brother-in-law Sir Joseph Jekyll (1662-1738), lawyer and politician.
Cited in IELM, I.i (1980), as the ‘Wase MS’: DnJ Δ 39.
Copy, headed ‘On the Transportation of Q. Elizabeths dead body from Richmond to Whitehall Camd: Rem:’
In: A quarto composite volume comprising three independent MSS bound together, i + 78 leaves. The first MS a verse miscellany, in an italic hand, 29 leaves. c.1640.
Copy, headed ‘Of the remoue of her bodie from Richmond to whitehall by water’.
In: A quarto verse miscellany, nearly all in a single mixed hand, 19 leaves, in a wrapper comprising a recycled vellum leaf bearing a rubricated (?)15th-century religious text in Latin. c.1630.
Among the papers of the Stanhope family, of Horsforth, near Leeds. Formerly Spencer-Stanhope MSS, Calendar No. 2795 (Bundle 10, No. 34).
Copy, headed ‘On the careying of Q: Elizab: dead body to Whitehall’.
In: An octavo verse miscellany, entitled Juvenilia Ludicra, in a single small mixed hand, 103 leaves, all now window mounted in a quarto volume, in 19th-century half morocco. Probably compiled by a Cambridge University man. c.1630s.
Inscribed in engrossed lettering (f. 1r) ‘E Libris Richard Sutclif’. Later owned by Benjamin Heywood Bright (1830-84), merchant and author. Sotheby's, 18 June 1844 (Bright sale), lot 194.
Copy, in a mixed hand, headed ‘Vpon Queene Elisabeths death’. c.1630s.
In: A quarto composite volume of verse MSS, in several hands and paper sizes, 129 leaves, in 19th-century half-morocco. Collected by Peter Le Neve (1661-1729), Norroy King of Arms, antiquary, his brother Oliver, and (in 1714) by Thomas Martin (1697-1771), of Palgrave, Suffolk, antiquary and collector. c.mid 17th century.
Later owned by Sir John Fenn (1739-94), antiquary. Puttick & Simpson's, 16-18 July 1866 (Fenn sale), lots 420-22.
Copy, following a note about the Queen's death.
In: A quarto volume of ‘Divine and Morall Observations’, in verse and prose, in a neat roman hand varying in style, with later additions at the end, 61 leaves (plus blanks), in modern half black leather. Inscribed by the compiler, on an elaborate title-page (f. 1r), ‘Abygall Guilford her Booke 1672’. c.1672 [-1714].
Inscribed (top of f. 1r) ‘This Book was I conclude my Grandmother Hoopers before her Marriage’. Acquired from the Rev. H. Hooper, 9 December 1874.
Copy, headed ‘On Q Elizabeth’.
In: A small octavo verse miscellany, written from both ends, predominantly in a single hand in variant styles (ff. 1v-79v, 80r, 88v-96v, 119r-117r rev.), with additions in later hands (ff. 97r-104v, 116v-106r rev.), 164 leaves, in modern half red morocco. Inscribed (f. 1v, in a court hand) ‘Daniell Leare his Booke’, ‘witnesse William Strode’, and (f. 164r) ‘Mr Daniell Leare eius Liber’: i.e. compiled chiefly by Daniel Leare, a distant cousin of the poet William Strode, probably at Christ Church, Oxford, before he entered the Middle Temple in 1633. c.1633 [-late 17th century].
This suggestion, by Mary Hobbs, is supported by entries in the Caution Book of 1625-41 at Christ Church, where Strode is found (p. 22) paying £10 as college security for Leare and where Leare signs (p. 23) on this sum's repayment by Dr Fell on 13 May 1633. Forey suggests (p. lxxix) that he was the Daniell Leare of St Andrews, Holburne, whose will was proved in 1652; but it is more likely that he was the Daniel Leare to whom Henry King, Dean of Rochester, leased property at Chatham on 19 July 1655 (National Archives, Kew, SP 18/99/61). Daniel Leare's wife, Dorothy, was a member of the Hubert family with whom King was associated by virtue of the marriage of his sister Dorothy.
The volume includes 12 poems by Donne; 15 poems (plus a second copy of one and three of doubtful authorship) by Carew; 20 poems (plus two of uncertain authorship) by Corbett; and 84 poems (plus second copies of eight poems, four poems of doubtful authorship and some apocryphal poems) by Strode, the texts being closely related to, and in part probably transcribed from, the ‘Corpus MS’ of Strode's poems (StW Δ 1).
Inscribed also ‘John Leare’ (probably Daniel's younger brother); (f. 1r) ‘Anthony Euans his booke’ (who married Daniel Leare's niece Dorothy Leare in 1663); (f. 1v) ‘Alexander Croke his Book 1773’; and (f. 164v) ‘John Scott’ (who matriculated at Christ Church in 1632). Rimell & Son, 9 November 1878.
Cited in IELM, I.i (1980), and II.i-ii (1987-93), as the ‘Leare MS’: DnJ Δ 41, CwT Δ 15, CoR Δ 4, and StW Δ 10.
Discussed in Mary Hobbs, An Edition of the Stoughton Manuscript (unpub. Ph.D. thesis, University of London, 1973), pp. 185-90; in her ‘Early Seventeenth-Century Verse Miscellanies and their Value for Textual Editors’, EMS, 1 (1989), 192-210 (pp. 189-90); and in her Early Seventeenth-Century Verse Miscellany Manuscripts (Aldershot, 1992), passim, with facsimile examples of ff. 79-80 facing p. 87.
Copy, headed ‘On ye Conveying of her Body from Richmont to whitehall, by water’.
In: A folio verse miscellany, in a single professional secretary hand associated with the playhouse and possibly inns of court (also responsible for ChG 12.5, HyT 5, and MiT 6), 97 leaves, with a first-line ‘Index’ at the end, in contemporary vellum boards. Including fourteen poems by James Shirley, generally ascribed to him, and eleven poems by Strode (and two of doubtful authorship). c.1636.
Inscribed (on the front paste-down) ‘My cousin chute gaue me this book out of his father study at the vine Hampshire’ (following the same statement in French), indicating that the MS was owned by, and possibly originally compiled for, the family of Chaloner Chute, MP (c.1595-1659), Speaker of the house of Commons, who acquired The Vyne, near Basingstoke, Hampshire, in 1653. Later owned by Sir William Tite (1798-1873), architect. Sotheby's, 30 May 1874, lot 2343. Bookplate of William Horatio Crawford, of Lakelands, Cork, book collector. Sotheby's, 21 March 1891 (Crawford sale), lot 2493.
Cited in IELM, II.ii (1993), as the ‘Chute MS’: ShJ Δ 2 and StW Δ 11. Briefly discussed, with a facsimile of f. 34v (see ShJ 96 and ShJ 100) in Mary Hobbs, ‘Early Seventeenth-Century Verse Miscellanies and their Value for Textual Editors’, EMS, 1 (1989), 192-210 (pp. 200-1, 209-10 n. 40). Discussed, with facsimiles of ff. 53r and 80r, in Arthur F. Marotti, ‘Chaloner Chute's Poetical Anthology (British Library, Additional MS 33998) as a Cosmopolitan Collection’, EMS, 16 (2011), 82-111 (p. 99).
Copy, headed ‘On Queene Eliz.’.
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, headed ‘On the Remoue of Queene Elizabeths body from Richmond (where she dyed) to white hall’.
In: A duodecimo verse miscellany, in several small non-professional hands, 88 leaves, imperfect at the beginning. c.1630s-40s.
Copy, headed ‘On Qu. Elizabeth careide by water to white Hall’.
In: A duodecimo verse miscellany in several hands, written from both ends, 46 leaves, in contemporary calf. Mid-17th century.
Inscribed names (on front paste-down and f. 1r) of ‘Fra: Norreys’ (? Sir Francis Norris (1609-69)) and ‘Hen. Balle’. Purchased from J. Harvey 8 December 1877.
Copy, headed ‘vpon the bringing of her Corpse by water from Richmount to Whitehall’.
In: A large folio miscellaneous compilation of verse and prose, chiefly in a single neat hand, written from both ends, 189 leaves, in contemporary vellum (rebound). Associated with the Freville family and probably assembled by Gilbert Frevile, of Bishop Middleham, Co. Durham, whose name appears on the cover with the date 1591. A pen-and-ink ornamental drawing at the end inscribed ‘Finis quoth G. W.’ c.1620s.
Copy, headed ‘Vpon Queene Elizabeth death’ and here beginning ‘The Queene was brought from Grinewich to white Hall’.
In: An octavo verse miscellany, written predominantly in a single italic hand (on ff. 2r-19v, 20v-134v, 139r-43r); another hand on ff. 20r-v, 135v, 136v, 137v, 138v, with verbal alterations in yet another hand and scribbling elsewhere; f. 137v (rev.) containing a receipt of one Richard Bull signed by one Thomas Johnson and dated 1676; 143 leaves. Including 14 poems (plus one of doubtful authorship) by Carew, 22 poems by Corbett and 36 poems (plus three of doubtful authorship) by Strode. c.early 1630s.
Inscribed (f. 1r) by one ‘I A’ of Christ Church, Oxford, and also ‘Robert Killigrew his booke witnes by his Maiesties ape Gorge Harison’. Later owned by Sir Hans Sloane, Bt (1660-1753), physician and collector.
Cited in IELM, II.i-ii (1987-93), as the ‘Killigrew MS’: CwT Δ 21; CoR Δ 6; StW Δ 14. Facsimile example of f. 2v in Mary Hobbs, Early Seventeenth-Century Verse Miscellany Manuscripts (Aldershot, 1992), Plate 7, after p. 86.
Copy, headed ‘Verses made of her’.
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, headed ‘upon the remoue of the body of Queen Elizabeth from Richmond where she dyed the 24 of March 1602, the 45 year of her Raign, & seventy of her age’.
In: A quarto miscellany of verse and some prose, predominantly in one female roman hand, written from both ends, 174 pages, in contemporary calf. Compiled by members of Sir Thomas Browne's family, chiefly his daughter Elizabeth Lyttelton (b. c.1648), containing various works in verse and prose including copies of a passage by Sir Thomas on consumptions (p. 43), a list of books which he had Elizabeth read out to him (pp. 44-5), copies of notes by him (pp. 77-76 rev.), his poem ‘Upon a Tempest at Sea’ (pp. 94-93 rev.) and verses beginning ‘the Almond flourisheth ye Birch trees flowe’ (p. 72); some of the verses in other hands including poems by Donne, Corbett, Wotton, Cartwright, William Browne, Ralegh, Katherine Phillips and others. Late 17th century.
Inscriptions (p. 1) ‘Mary Browne’ (who d.1676) and ‘James Dodsley’ and (p. 174) ‘Mar. 11th 1713/4 The gift of Mrs Lyttelton to Edward Tenison’. Percy Dobell's sale catalogue The Literature of the Restoration (1918), item 1240. Bookplate of the Royal College of Medicine, London. Owned by Sir Geoffrey Keynes (Bibliotheca Bibliographici, No. 1301).
This MS volume described in [Geoffrey Keynes], ‘A Daughter of Sir Thomas Browne’, TLS (4 September 1919), p. 420. Discussed in Victoria E. Burke, ‘Contexts for Women's Manuscript Miscellanies: The Case of Elizabeth Lyttelton and Sir Thomas Browne’, Yearbook of English Studies, 33 (2003), 316-28. Edited selectively by Geoffrey Keynes as The Commonplace Book of Elizabeth Lyttelton, Daughter of Sir Thomas Browne (Cambridge, 1919). The passages by Browne also edited in Keynes, I, 120-1, and III, 236-7, 331-2.
This MS text printed in Keynes, The Commonplace Book of Elizabeth Lyttelton, pp. 24-5.
Copy, headed ‘On the Q: carried to her buriall’.
In: An octavo verse miscellany, compiled by an Oxford man, possibly a member of Christ Church, pp. 1-202 in a single minute hand, written over a period, with a few later additions (including two lines on p. 7) by other hands; pp. 202-19 containing entries in later hands up to 1789, in half-calf on marbled boards, pp. 77-84 detached in the 19th century and now separately bound as Folger MS V.a.152. Including twelve poems (plus one of uncertain authorship) by Corbett and 30 poems by Strode (one of them in V.a.152) plus one of doubtful authorship. c.late 1630s [-1789].
Later sold by Thomas Thorpe. Afterwards owned by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps (1820-89) (and No. 27 in his Catalogue of Shakespeare Reliques (Brixton Hill, 1852)) and subsequently in the library of Lord Warwick at Warwick Castle. Formerly Folger MS 1.27.
Cited in IELM, II.i-ii (1987-93), as the ‘Thorpe-Halliwell MS’: CoR Δ 7 and StW Δ 17. Complete microfilm at the University of Birmingham, Shakespeare Institute (Mic S 23).
Copy, with partly cropped heading ‘Uppon the remoove of Queene Elizabeth…Whitehall by Water’.
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 ‘On the buriall of Queene Elizabeth’.
In: A quarto verse miscellany, in English and Latin, 210 pages, comprising 38 unnumbered pages and 172 numbered pages (plus four blank leaves), perhaps largely in a single predominantly secretary hand, with additions in four other hands on the unnumbered pages and pp. 167-71, including the scribbled title ‘Divers Sonnets & Poems compiled by certaine gentil Clarks and Ryme-Wrightes’, probably associated with Oxford University and the Inns of Court, in contemporary vellum. Including 14 poems by Strode (and a second copy of one poem). c.1637-51.
Inscribed (front pastedown) ‘Wakelin EeK Hering / Blows of Whitsor’, and (rear pastedown) ‘R. J. Cotton’. Formerly Folger MS 2073.4.
Cited in IELM, II.ii (1993) as the Cotton MS: StW Δ 20.
Copy, headed ‘On Queene Elizabeth carried to buriall by water’.
In: An octavo verse miscellany, in several hands, written from both ends, 77 leaves (including blanks), in old calf gilt. c.1640.
Formerly MS 2073.3.
Copy, headed ‘On Q: Elizabeth caried to Buriall by water’.
In: A quarto verse miscellany, with later accounts on the last page dated June 1658, 1* + 238 pages (including stubs of extracted pages 191-6, plus numerous blanks), in old calf (rebacked). Including 11 poems by Carew and 14 poems by Randolph. c.1630s-40s.
Inscribed ‘Jane Wheeler’ and ‘Tho: Oliver Busfield’. Francis Quarles's poem (pp. 209-11) ‘To ye two partners of my heart Mr John Wheeler, and Mr Symon Tue’. Item 96 in an unidentified sale catalogue. Formerly Folger MS 2071.6.
A ‘Jo. Wheeler’ signed the Christ Church, Oxford, disbursement books for 1641-3 (xii, b.85 and 86).
Cited in IELM, II.i-ii (1987-93), as the ‘Wheeler MS’: CwT Δ 25 and RnT Δ 7.
Copy, headed ‘The remoual of her body from Richmond to white hal by water’.
In: A quarto verse miscellany, largely in a single mixed hand, with additions in other hands, associated with Oxford University, possibly Christ Church, 315 pages (plus blanks), in modern black morocco gilt. Including 11 poems by Donne, and 15 poems (plus one of uncertain authorship) by Corbett. c.1630s.
Later owned by Edward Jeremiah Curteis, M.P., of Windmill Hill, Sussex. Puttick & Simpson's, 30 June 1884 (Curteis sale), lot 175, to Pearson of Pall Mall for James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps (1820-89). Formerly Folger MS 452.5.
Cited in IELM, I.i (1980), and II.i (1987), as the ‘Curteis MS’: DnJ Δ 50 and CoR Δ 9. Discussed, with a facsimile example, in Arthur F. Marotti, ‘Folger MSS V.a.89 and V.a.345: Reading Lyric Poetry in Manuscript’, in The Reader Revealed, ed. Sabrina Alcorn Baron, et al. (Washington, DC, 2001), pp. 44-57. A facsimile of p. 36 is in Chris R. Kyle and Jason Peacey, Breaking News: Renaissance Journalism and the Birth of the Newspaper (Washington, DC, 2008), p. 32.
Copy, headed ‘On Q. Elizabeths Remoouall to white-Hall (from Richmond)’.
In: A small quarto verse miscellany, almost entirely in a single, minute non-professional italic hand, probably someone associated with Oxford University, comprising 180 pages now all separated and mounted, interleaved, in 19th-century calf. c.late 1630s.
Later in the libraries (with bookplates) of the book collector Richard Heber (1774-1833); of the bibliographer and antiquary Joseph Haslewood (1769-1833); of the biographer and literary editor Alexander Chalmers (1759-1834); and of the antiquary Edward King (1795-1837), Viscount Kingsborough (his sale by Charles Sharpe in Dublin, 1 November 1842, lot 577).
Copy, headed ‘On Q. Elizabeth’.
In: A small quarto verse miscellany, comprising approximately 80 poems, including eleven poems by Donne, 21 poems by Strode, and one poem of doubtful authorship, in several hands, one small neat hand predominating (ff. 1r-34r), with later receipts for 1658-62 at the end, 161 leaves (including numerous blanks). c.1630s-40s.
Inscriptions include ‘Edwardus Hyde’ (at the end) and (f. [ir]) ‘Edward Hyde is a knave’: i.e. probably Edward Hyde (1607-59), royalist divine, who may be the ‘E. H.’ responsible for a poem ‘To his Wife’ (f. 34r) and the ‘Ned Hide’ who is subject of an ‘Epitaph’ (f. [18r rev]). Later inscribed ‘Robertus Walker’ and ‘Elizabeth Walker’. Early 18th- century bookplate of Baron Aston of Forfar. Percy Dobell, sale catalogue No. 68 (1941), item 345. Later owned by Sir Geoffrey Keynes (1887-1982), surgeon, literary scholar, and book collector.
Discussed in Geoffrey Keynes, ‘A Footnote to Donne’, The Book Collector, 22 (Summer 1973), 165-8, with a facsimile of the page with Hyde's ‘signature’ (which does not correspond to the main handwriting). Sir Geoffrey Keynes, Bibliotheca Bibliographici (London, 1964), No. 1863.
Copy, headed ‘Vppon the dead body of Queene Elizabeth brought from Richmond to White Hall’ and here beginning ‘The Queen is come from Richmond to White Hall’.
In: A folio verse miscellany, including 26 poems (plus two of doubtful authorship) by Thomas Carew and poems by Henry King, in several hands, 92 leaves, plus an inserted gathering of eleven leaves after f. 82v (ff. [82a-82k]), but including stubs of some extracted leaves (ff. 74-8, 94-5), in contemporary vellum. Inscribed ‘To my euer honored good Cosen Sr John Reresby Barronett these prsent’: i.e. presented to Sir John Reresby, first Baronet (1611-46), royalist, of Thribergh Hall. c.1630s.
Among the muniments of Lord Mexborough, descended from the Savile family formerly of Methley Hall, near Pontefract, West Yorkshire. Formerly MX 237.
Cited in IELM, II.i (1987), as the ‘Mexborough MS’: CwT Δ 29.
Copy, headed ‘On the remoue of Queene Elizabeths body from Richmond (where she dyed) to Whitehall’.
In: An oblong octavo composite volume, comprising two independent verse miscellanies, Part I, in Latin and English, largely in a neat secretary hand, paginated 1-22, Part II, in English and Welsh, in several hands, one neat secretary hand predominating, paginated 1-266, the two parts bound together in modern quarter red morocco. c.1630s.
Inscriptions including (Part I, pp. 1, 3 and 42) ‘Edward Lewis his Book 1753’, ‘John Parker’, ‘P H Warburton’, and ‘John Aden’, and (Part II, p. 33) ‘Thomas Lloyd Esq’. Wigfair MS 43, among papers mainly of the Lloyd family of Hafodunos, Denbighshire, and Wigfair, near St Asaph, Flintshire, purchased in 1926-7 from Colonel H. C. Lloyd Howard, of Wigfair.
Copy, headed ‘On the remooveall of her body from Richmond to White-Hall’.
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, headed ‘On Queene Elizabeth’ and here beginning ‘The Queene was brought from Greene-wich to White-hall’.
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).
Copy, headed ‘Upon Qu: Eliz:’; c. 1660.
In: A quarto miscellany of verse and some prose, in probably two or more secretary hands, 108 pages, in half brown morocco. Mid-17th century.
Later owned by F.W. Cosens (1819-89). Bookplate of James W. Ellsworth.
Copy, headed ‘Another’ [i.e. on Queen Elizabeth].
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).
Copy, headed ‘On Queene Elizabeth’.
In: A small quarto miscellany of anecdotes, aphorisms, verses, etc., in two hands, compiled by Sir Francis Fane (c.1612-80), 193 leaves, in contemporary vellum. Inscribed by Fane on f. 1r ‘Aug: 24: 1629 / Franciscus Fane’ and, later, as a bequest to his three grandsons to be read by them when aged 21, dated from Fulbeck, 5 May 1672. c.1629-72.
Sold by Maggs, 29 May 1930.
Copy, headed ‘On the corps of Queene Elizabeth beinge brought by water from Greenewidge to Whitehall’.
In: A duodecimo verse miscellany, compiled principally in the secretary hand of a University of Oxford man, with additions in one or more other hands, 150 pages, imperfect, disbound. c.1640.
Copy in: A quarto commonplace book of miscellaneous extracts, largely in one small hand, with a few additions in three other hands, 257 pages, in contemporary vellum. c.1620s.
Copy, headed ‘Upon the Removal of Queen Elizabeth's Body from Richmond where She died to White-Hall, by Water where she lay in State’.
In: A quarto verse miscellany, in a neat probably female hand, 76 pages (including blanks) plus twelve tipped-in letters etc., in contemporary calf gilt. c.1732-47.
Inscribed on f. [iv] ‘This Book was given me by Dear Mrs Ogle January ye 15 1747’, to which is added in another hand ‘Widow of the late George Ogle Esqr. and Daughter of Sir Thomas Twisden’. Inscribed on the same page inverted ‘My Brother Wilm & Family came to My Mother April ye 26 1808. Richd From May ye 26 1808 left July ye 10th’, and on the front paste-down ‘Mary Dyott 10 Febry 1782’ . Dated on page 1 1732.
Copy, headed ‘On ye Death of Q Eliz:’.
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.
Vpon her lying dead at White Hall (‘The Queene lyes now at White Hall dead’)
First published in The Wonderfull yeare (London, 1603). Grosart, I, 94.
Vpon the Queenes last Remoue being dead (‘The Queene's remou'de in solemne sort’)
First published in The Wonderfull yeare (London, 1603). Grosart, I, 93.
Copy in: the MS described under DkT 7. Mid-17th century.
Copy, headed ‘Verses made vppon her Remooue being dead’.
In: the MS described under DkT 17. c.1620s.
Copy in: A duodecimo miscellany of verse and jests, in a minute hand, compiled by a Cambridge man, 59 leaves, in modern half crushed morocco gilt. c.1630.
The Wonderfull yeare
See DkT 3-40.
For this play, possibly by Dekker, see MiT 6-8.
The Honest Whore, Part I
First published in London, 1604. Bowers, II, 1-130.
Extracts, headed ‘The converted Curtezan’, apparently 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.
Extracts, headed ‘Conurted curtes.’
In: A portion of a commonplace book, largely in a single cursive secretary hand, compiled by Edward Pudsey (1573-1613), comprising four quarto leaves. These leaves are detached from a commonplace book, the major part of which is Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. d. 3. c.1604-9.
Among the papers of Richard Savage (1847-1924), antiquarian, Secretary and Librarian of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in 1884.
A facsimile of this MS portion is in the Bodleian, MS Facs. d. 155, ff. 150-3.
Extracts, continuing from DkT 42.
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.
The Noble Soldier, I, ii, 1-17. Song (‘Oh sorrow, sorrow, say where dost thou dwell?’)
First published in London, 1634. Bowers, IV, 242.
In: A quarto miscellany of chiefly amatory verse, in several hands, i + 132 leaves. Partly in Scottish dialect, one poem by ‘mr. W. Turner’. Early 18th century.
First published in London, 1602. Bowers, I, 299-395.
Extract, headed ‘Pl. vntruss: of ye Poet: Dekker’.
In: the MS described under DkT 43. c.1604-9.
Eight pages (sigs L4r-M3v) supplied in MS, in a secretary hand, at the end of an imperfect exemplum of the first edition (1602). c.1600s.
Sir Thomas More
First published in London, 1844, ed. Alexander Dyce, Shakespeare Society. Edited by W.W. Greg, Malone Society (Oxford, 1911). Bowers, I, 3-5.
For facsimiles and discussions see ShW 88.
Half a page of text on f. 13v in a hand generally known as ‘Hand E’ and identified as that of Thomas Dekker's.
In: A folio composite MS, thirteen remaining leaves, originally bound with Harley MS 7367, in a vellum wrapper (recycled from a 15th-century Latin breviary) inscribed ‘The Booke of Sir Thomas Moore’, now disbound, comprising a play largely in the hand of Anthony Munday (1560-1633), playwright, with additions and contributions in five other hands. c.mid-1590s.
The play edited from this MS by all editors. Reproduced in facsimile by John S. Farmer, Tudor Facsimile Texts (London, 1910).
Discussions of the various hands in the MS, generally with facsimile examples, include those in Greg's Malone Society edition; in Greg, Dramatic Documents, I, 224-5, and II, Plate 2; in R.C. Bald, ‘The Booke of Sir Thomas Moore and its Problems’, SS, 2 (1949), 44-65; in Peter W.M. Blayney, ‘The Booke of Sir Thomas Moore Re-Examined’, SP, 69 (1972), 167-91; in Croft, Autograph Poetry, I, 23; in Michael L. Hays, ‘Shakespeare's Hand in Sir Thomas More: Some Aspects of the Paleographic Argument’, SSt, 8 (1975), 241-53; in Paul Ramsey, ‘Shakespeare and Sir Thomas More Revisited: or, A Mounty on the Trail’, PBSA, 70 (1976), 333-46; in Giles E. Dawson, ‘Theobald, table/babbled, and Sir Thomas More’, TLS (22 April 1977), p. 484; in Petti, English Literary Hands, No. 36; in Giles E. Dawson, ‘Shakespeare's Handwriting’, Shakespeare Survey, 42 (1990), 119-28; in Grace Ioppolo, Dramatists and their Manuscripts in the Age of Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton and Heywood (London & New York, 2006), pp. 100-9; and elsewhere.
Facsimiles of f. 9r also in English Poetical Autographs, ed. Desmond Flower and A.N.L. Munby (London, 1938), No. 6; in Hilton Kelliher and Sally Brown, English Literary Manuscripts (British Library, 1986), No. 11, p. 23; in Elizabethan Dramatists, ed. Fredson Bowers, DLB, 62 (Detroit, 1987), p. 407; in William Shakespeare: A Documentary Volume, ed. Catherine Loomis, DLB, 263 (Detroit, 2002), p. 33; in Chris Fletcher et al., 1000 Years of English Literature: A Treasury of Literary Manuscripts (British Library, 2003), p. 55; and elsewhere.
Facsimile example of f. 13v in Elizabethan Dramatists, ed. Fredson Bowers, DLB 62 (Detroit, 1987), p. 48.
Troilus and Cressida
A lost play, written by Dekker and Henry Chettle for the Admiral's men in 1599.
The ‘Plott’ of a version of Troilus and Cressida performed by the Admiral's Company, made by a playhouse scribe, a large broadsheet. 1599.
In: Four playhouse ‘plots’.
Facsimile in Greg, Dramatic Documents (II, Plate V).
The Welsh Embassador
First published, edited by H. Littledale and W.W. Greg, Malone Society (Oxford, 1920). Bowers, IV, 301-404.
Copy, in a professional secretary hand, with dramatis personæ and stage directions in italic, 22 folio leaves, imperfect, partly chewed by rodents, in modern half red morocco. Including prompter's cues (‘bee redy Volemar’, etc.) and cuts, prepared for use by a London theatrical company, perhaps for Lady Elizabeth's men at the Phoenix or Cockpit in Drury Lane. The hand is that also responsible for Massinger's Parliament of Love (MsP 3). c.1624.
Later owned by Joseph Haslewood (1769-1833), bibliographer and antiquary; by Thomas Thorpe, bookseller, in 1836; and by Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bt (1792-1872), book and manuscripts collector: Phillipps MS 8719.
This MS discussed in Bentley, III, 267-8, and in Greg, Dramatic Documents, II, 279-82.
Facsimile pages in Malone Society edition; in Bowers, IV, facing p. 303; and in Elizabethan Dramatists, ed. Fredson Bowers, DLB 62 (Detroit, 1987), p. 66.
First published in London 1607. Bowers, II, 311-403.
The Wonder of a Kingdom
First published in London, 1636.
In: An octavo commonplace book of extracts from various authors, some under headings, compiled by William Sancroft (1617-93), Archbishop of Canterbury, written from both ends, iv + 558 pages (the majority blank), in contemporary vellum. Late 17th century.
Autograph letter signed by Dekker, to Edward Alleyn, 12 September 1616. 1616.
In: A collection of papers of the actor Edward Alleyn (1566-1626).
Facsimiles in Greg, English Literary Autographs, Plate IX(b); in Jones-Davies, facing p. 64; and in The Henslowe Papers, ed. R.A. Foakes (2 vols, London, 1977), II, 108-9.
An autograph receipt signed by Dekker, for 20 shillings from Philip Henslowe for Dekker's play Truth's Supplication to Candle Light, dated 18 January 1598/9. 1599.
In: A slip cut from a leaf in the ‘Diary’ of Philip Henslowe (c.1555-1616), theatre financier. 1599.
Extracted, probably by John Payne Collier (1789-1883), literary scholar, editor and forger, from the ‘Diary’ now at Dulwich College.
Facsimiles in Joseph Quincy Adams, ‘Another Fragment from Henslowe's Diary’, The Library, 4th Ser. 20 (1939-40), 154-8; in W.W. Greg, ‘Fragments from Henslowe's Diary’, Collections: Volume IV, Malone Society (Oxford, 1956), pp. 31-2; in James G. McManaway, ‘The Authorship of Shakespeare’, Studies in Shakespeare, Bibliography and Theater (New York, 1969), pp. 175-210 (p. 208); in The Henslowe Papers, ed. R.A. Foakes (London, 1977); and in Cummings, p. 193.
Facsimile in Sotheby's sale catalogue, 16 March 1937 (Egerton-Warburton sale), lot 484.
A receipt in Dekker's hand, signed by him and others, 22 January 1598/9. 1599.
In: the MS described under DkT 51. 1599.
A receipt by Dekker to Philip Henslowe for a loan of 20 shillings, signed by Dekker, 1 August 1599, .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.
In: A folio composite volume of miscellaneous papers, in various hands, 97 leaves.
Facsimile in Greg, English Literary Autographs, Plate X(b).
Dekker's autograph entries for 19 December 1599, 30 January 1598/9, and 5 May 1602. 1599-1602.
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, Plates IX(a), VII(b), and X(c). Facsimile of Dekker's signature for 19 December 1599 in Petti, English Literary Hands, No. 43.
A fragment of Henslowe's ‘Diary’, containing Dekker's autograph receipt for 18 January 1599/1600. 1600.
Formerly among the manuscripts of the Egerton-Warburton family. Sotheby's, 16 March 1937, lot 484, to J. K. Fletcher. Currently untraced.
Recorded in HMC, 3rd Report (1872), Appendix, p. 291. Facsimiles in W. W. Greg, ‘A Fragment from Henslowe's Diary’, The Library, 4th Ser. 19 (1938-9), 180-4, and in Sotheby's sale catalogue.
Dekker's autograph signature, apparently cut from his entry for 5 May 1602 in the ‘Diary’ of Philip Henslowe, pasted in a printed volume of his plays. 1602.
Two Latin recognizances binding Dekker to keep the peace in 1608-9. 1608.
Possibly now transferred to London Metropolitan Archives.
Discussed in E. D. Pendry, ‘Thomas Dekker in the Magistrates' Court’, ELR, 3 (1973), 53-9.
Dekker's autograph ‘answer’ to the Attorney General's bill of information, corrected by his lawyer Nathaniel Finch and sworn 3 February 1624/5. 1625.
Discussed, with a facsimile, in Charles Sisson, ‘Keep the Widow Waking A Lost Play by Dekker’, The Library, 4th Ser. 8 (1927-8), 39-57, 233-59.
A professional copy of Dekker's deposition on 24 March 1625/6 signed by him. 1626.
Discussed, with a facsimile, in Charles Sisson, ‘Keep the Widow Waking A Lost Play by Dekker’, The Library, 4th Ser. 8 (1927-8), 39-57, 233-59.
A document signed by Dekker, being a court order relating to the pageant, London's tempe, which he wrote for the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers in 1629. 1629.
Among the archives of the Company of Ironmongers. Possibly now transferred to London Metropolitan Archives.
Edited, with a facsimile of the signature, in John Nicholl, Some Account of the Worshipful Company of Ironmoners (London, 1851), pp. 222-3. The text is reprinted from this publication in Jones-Davies, p. 69.
Miscellaneous Extracts from Dekker's Plays
Extracts from several 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).