Elizabeth Jocelin (1596–1622)

Prose

The mother's legacie, to her unborne childe

First published, edited by Thomas Goad, London, 1624.

*JoE 1

An apparently autograph MS of Jocelin's unfinished ‘legacy’, in a neat roman hand, with her occasional deletions and revisions in different inks, including a dedicatory epistle to her husband Taurell Jocelin, 44 duodecimo leaves (plus sixteen blanks), in 19th-century dark blue velvet. 1622.

Acquired in 1866.

This MS discussed, with facsimiles of ff. 1r, 3v, 8v, and 44r-v, in Sylvia Brown, ‘The Approbation of Elizabeth Jocelin’, EMS, 9 (2000), pp. 129-64, and the MS is edited by her in her Women's Writing in Stuart England (Stroud, 1999), pp. 106-31 (notes pp. 131-9), with a facsimile of ff. 5v-6r, on pp. 94-5. The MS is also transcribed diplomatically, with a facsimile example, in parallel to the 1624 printed text, in the edition by Jean LeDrew Metcalfe (Toronto, Buffalo and London, 2000). A facsimile of the first page, with transcription, also in Reading Early Modern Women, ed. Helen Ostovich and Elizabeth Sauer (New York & London, 2004), pp. 112-13. A full list of contents of the MS is in the online Perdita Project.

British Library, Add. MS 27467.

JoE 2

Copy, in a single hand, including the author's dedicatory epistle to her husband Taurell Jocelin and Goad's prefatory ‘Approbation’, with what is possibly Goad's signature on f. 5r, 51 octavo leaves, in modern red morocco gilt. Possibly in Thomas Goad's hand as an edited transcript of Jocelin's original MS (JoE 1), perhaps intended to be used as copy-text for his printed edition (1624), or alternatively a transcript of that edition. c.1624.

A facsimile of the first page is in the edition of the work by Jean LeDrew Metcalfe (Toronto, Buffalo and London, 2000). A full list of contents of the MS is in the online Perdita Project.

British Library, Add. MS 4378.

JoE 3

An exemplum of the printed edition of 1684 with a series of sixteen MS poems by one Joseph Sparrow, with other didactic material giving advice to children, etc., on four flyleaves and sig. Q4v. 1705-6.

Other inscribed names of ‘John Story’, ‘Durant’, ‘John Cready’, ‘Jo Hendy’, and ‘Ann Richards’. Christie's, 24 August 1973.

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt. 98.