John Marston (1576–1634)

Dramatic Works

Antonio and Mellida, The First Part

First published in London, 1602. Bullen, I, 1-93. Edited by W.W. Greg, Malone Society (Oxford, 1921). Edited by G.K. Hunter (London, 1965).

MrJ 1

Extracts.

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 The MS also edited in Juliet Mary Gowan, An Edition of Edward Pudsey's Commonplace Book (c.1600-1615) (unpublished M. Phil., University of London, 1967).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.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. d. 3, f. 41v.

MrJ 1.5

Extracts.

In: An octavo miscellany of extracts chiefly from plays and religious works, closely written in a predominantly italic hand, 33 leaves (plus blanks), in modern half red crushed morocco on marbled boards. Lettered on the spine ‘W. How's Common-placebook’. Mid-17th century.

Later owned by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps and in the Warwick Castle Library.

Folger, MS V.a.87, ff. 11r-12r.

Antonio's Revenge

First published in London, 1602. Edited by W.W. Greg, Malone Society (Oxford, 1921). Edited by G.K. Hunter (London, 1966).

MrJ 2

Extracts.

In: the MS described under MrJ 1. c.1604-9.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. d. 3, f. 41v.

The Argument of the Spectacle presented to the Sacred Maiestys of great Brittan, and Denmark as they Passed through London

First published in Bullen (1887), III, 405-11. Davenport, pp. 183-8.

*MrJ 3

Copy, partly autograph, on five quarto leaves, presented to King James I on or shortly after 31 July 1606. 1606.

Edited from this MS in Bullen (1887). Discussed in R. E. Brettle, ‘Notes on John Marston’, RES, NS 13 (1962), 390-3 (p. 391). Facsimile examples in Greg, English Literary Autographs, Plate XVIII(b-c); in DLB, vol. 58, Jacobean and Caroline Dramatists, ed. Fredson Bowers (Detroit, 1987), p. 163; and in James Knowles, ‘Marston, Skipwith and The Entertainment at Ashby’, EMS, 3 (1992), 137-92 (pp. 160-1).

British Library, Royal MS 18 A. XXXI.

The Dutch Courtezan, I, ii, 220-7. Song (‘The dark is my delight’)

First published in London, 1605. Bullen, II, 1-103 (p. 19). Edited by M.L. Wine (London, 1965), pp. 19-20. Edited by Peter Davison (Edinburgh, 1968), p. 29.

MrJ 4

Copy of Franceschina's song, in a musical setting, untitled.

In: An oblong quarto songbook, the lyrics largely in a single italic hand, with (ff. 4v-5r) a table of contents, 84 leaves, in 19th-century red morocco gilt. Inscribed (f. 3v), evidently by the compiler, ‘Giles Earle his booke 1615’ (with other notes dated 1610) and (f. 1v) ‘Egidius Earle hunc librum possidet qui compactus fuit mense Septembris. 1626.’, f. 81r subscribed ‘Anno Dni: 1623 / Mense Augusti: Finis’. c.1615-26.

Acquired from Joseph Lilly, bookseller, 17 May 1862.

A complete facsimile of this volume in English Song 1600-1675, ed. Elise Bickford Jorgens, Vol. 1 (New York & London, 1986).

Edited from this MS in Andrew J. Sabol, ‘Two Unpublished Stage Songs for the “Aery of Children”’, RN, 13 (1960), 222-32 (p. 230). Recorded in Wine and in Davison.

British Library, Add. MS 24665, ff. 58v-9r.

MrJ 5

Copy of the song, in a musical setting, untitled.

In: A narrow oblong octavo songbook, the lyrics in a neat italic hand, ii + 37 leaves (plus blanks), in contemporary vellum within 19th-century morocco. Early 17th century.

Inscribed (f. 1r) ‘Robius Downes’. Bookplates of Joseph Haslewood (1769-1833), bibliographer and antiquary, and of William Hayman Cummings (1831-1915), singer and musical antiquary. Notes in 1841 (f. 2r) by Joseph Warren (1804-81), composer and music editor. Sotheby's, 9 June 1917 (Cummings sale), lot 1586, to Maggs.

A complete facsimile of this volume in English Song 1600-1675, ed. Elise Bickford Jorgens, Vol. 1 (New York & London, 1986).

British Library, Egerton MS 2971, ff. 8v-9r.

The Entertainment of the Dowager-Countess of Darby

First published in Poems of John Marston, ed. Alexander B. Grosart (Manchester, 1879). Bullen, III, 383-404 (reprinting Grosart). Davenport, pp. 189-207.

*MrJ 6

A partly autograph presentation MS to the Dowager Countess of Derby, on fifteen quarto leaves. Headed ‘The hoble: Lorde & Lady of Huntingdons Entertainement of theire right Noble Mother Alice: Countesse Dowager of Darby the firste nighte of her honors arrivall att the house of Ashby’, the dedication (f. 1r) and all of ff. 14r-15r in Marston's hand, as are probably occasional deletions, corrections and additions throughout the text (including five words on f. 2v and three lines written lengthways down the outer margin on f. 10v); the main text written probably in a single professional hand, in alternating italic and secretary scripts. [1607].

The volume also has tipped-in a separate MS of verses relating to Lady Derby and Lady Huntingdon (beginning ‘As this ys endelesse, endelesse be yor ioyes’), in a secretary hand, subscribed ‘W: SK:’ [i.e. William Skipton], on the first two pages of a pair of conjugate folio leaves.

Among the papers of the Egerton family, Earls of Bridgewater.

Edited from this MS by editors. Discussed in R.E. Brettle, ‘Notes on John Marston’, RES, NS 13 (1962), 390-3 (p. 391); in James D. Knowles, ‘Identifying the Speakers: “The Entertainment at Ashby” (1607)’, N&Q, 233 (December 1988), 489-90; and, with facsimile examples, in James Knowles, ‘Marston, Skipwith and The Entertainment at Ashby’, EMS, 3 (1992), 137-92.

Facsimile pages also in Davenport, p. 191; in R.B. Haselden, ‘Scientific Aids for the Study of Manuscripts’, Transactions of the Bibliographical Society, Supplement 10 (Oxford, 1935), fig. XIII; in Croft, Autograph Poetry, I, 28; and in DLB, vol. 58, Jacobean and Caroline Dramatists, ed. Fredson Bowers (Detroit, 1987), p. 165.

Huntington, EL 34 B 9.

MrJ 7

Extracts from the preliminary description of the arrangements at the Park Gates and all of Merymna's first speech, in an italic hand, headed ‘The Lady of Derbies entertaynmt att Ashby 1707 August’. Early 17th century.

In: A quarto composite volume of miscellaneous works and memoranda, in several hands, 32 leaves, in modern quarter-morocco gilt.

This MS collated in Davenport.

British Library, Sloane MS 848, ff. 9r-10r.

The Fawn

First published as Parasitaster, or the Fawn (London, 1606). Bullen, II, 105-229. Edited by Gerald A. Smith (London, 1965).

MrJ 8

Extracts, transcribed from one of the editions of 1606.

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.

National Library of Scotland, MS 2059, ff. 344r-8v.

The Gray's Inn entertainment known variously as The Mountbank's Masque or as The First Antimasque of Mountebanks

The Insatiate Countess

First published in London, 1616. Edited by Giorgio Melchiori (Manchester, 1984). The play probably drafted by Marston and completed by William Barksted and perhaps Lewis Machin.

MrJ 8.5

Extracts, headed ‘Insatiate Countesse’.

In: the MS described under MrJ 1.5. Mid-17th century.

Folger, MS V.a.87, ff. 14r-17r.

MrJ 8.8

Copious annotations in two hands, in an exemplum of the printed quarto of 1631. Late 17th century.

These annotations discussed in Albert H. Tricomi, ‘Counting Insatiate Countesses: The Seventeenth-Century Annotations to Marston's The Insatiate Countess’, HLQ, 62/1-2 (2001), 107-22.

National Library of Scotland, H.28.e.7(5).

Jack Drum's Entertainment

First published in London, 1601. Edited by John S. Farmer, Tudor Facsimile Texts (1912).

MrJ 9

Extracts.

In: the MS described under MrJ 1. c.1604-9.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. d. 3, f. 40v.

The Malcontent

First published in London, 1604.

MrJ 9.5

Extracts by Stanford.

In: A quarto miscellany, 79 pages (including some blanks), compiled by Henry Stanford (d.1616), household tutor to the Paget and Carey families. c.1590s-1600s.

Discussed, with facsimiles of pp. 1 and 49, in Steven W. May, ‘Henry Stanford's “God Knows What”’, EMS, 16 (2011), 70-81.

Facsimile of p. 49 in May, p. 78.

Berkeley Castle, Gen. Ser. Misc. Papers 30/72, pp. 49-51.

The Mountbank's Masque

What You Will

First published in London, 1607. Bullen, II, 317-419.

MrJ 10

Extracts.

In: the MS described under MrJ 1. c.1604-9.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. d. 3, ff. 80v, 81r.

Letters

Letter(s)

*MrJ 11

Autograph letter signed by Marston, to Sir Gervase Clifton, [1607]. 1607.

Edited and discussed in W.H. Grattan Flood, ‘A John Marston Letter’, RES, 4 (1928), 86-7; in Robert E. Brettle, ‘The “Poet Marston” Letter to Sir Gervase Clifton, 1607’, RES, 4 (1928), 212-14; in Brettle, ‘Notes on John Marston’, RES, NS 13 (1962), 390-3; and in Albert H. Tricomi, ‘Identifying Sir Gervase Clifton, the Addressee of Marston's Letter, 1607’, N & Q, 222 (May-June 1977), 202-3. Facsimiles of the letter in Albert H. Tricomi, ‘The Provenance of John Marston's Letter to Lord Kimbolton’, PBSA, 72 (1978), 213-19 (Plate 2); in IELM, I.ii (1980), Facsimile XXVI (p. 331), and in James Knowles, ‘Marston, Skipwith and The Entertainment at Ashby’, EMS, 3 (1992), 137-92 (p. 179).

University of Nottingham, Cl C 567.

Documents

Document(s)

*MrJ 12

Marston's boyish signature (‘Johannes Marston’), 4 February 1591/2. 1592.

In: Subscription Register. 1581-1615.

Discussed by Robert E. Brettle in ‘John Marston, Dramatist at Oxford, 1591(?)-1594, 1609’, RES, 3 (1927), 398-405; in ‘John Marston, Dramatist: Some New Facts about his Life’, MLR, 22 (1927), 7-14; and in ‘Notes on John Marston’, RES, NS 13 (1962), 390-3.

Oxford University Archives, S.P.38, Register Ab, f. 75v.

*MrJ 13

Marston's autograph Latin entry signed (‘Johanes Marston’) when he subscribed to the Thirty-nine Articles on his ordination, 24 September 1609. 1609.

In: The Library Liber Subscriptionum Clericorum. 1605-35.

Discussed by Robert E. Brettle in ‘John Marston, Dramatist at Oxford, 1591(?)-1594, 1609’, RES, 3 (1927), 398-405; in ‘John Marston, Dramatist: Some New Facts about his Life’, MLR, 22 (1927), 7-14; and in ‘Notes on John Marston’, RES, NS 13 (1962), 390-3.

Oxford University Archives, MS Oxf. Dioc. PRs. e. 9, f. 14r.

*MrJ 14

Marston's second autograph Latin entry signed (‘Joh: Marston’) when he subscribed to the Thirty-nine Articles on his ordination, 24 December 1609. 1609.

In: the MS described under MrJ 13. 1605-35.

Discussed by Robert E. Brettle in ‘John Marston, Dramatist at Oxford, 1591(?)-1594, 1609’, RES, 3 (1927), 398-405; in ‘John Marston, Dramatist: Some New Facts about his Life’, MLR, 22 (1927), 7-14; and in ‘Notes on John Marston’, RES, NS 13 (1962), 390-3.

Oxford University Archives, MS Oxf. Dioc. PRs. e. 9, f. 17r.

*MrJ 15

The testimony of ‘John Marston of Christchurch in the County of Southanpton Clarke aged 46. years’, signed by him twice, on behalf of his father-in-law Dr William Wilkes, in a suit against Richard Clerke of Coventry, 5 May 1621. 1621.

Recorded in Eccles, p. 92.

National Archives, Kew, C 24/479/88.

Will

*MrJ 16

Marston's autograph signature on his last will and testament, drawn up on 17 June 1634, proved 9 July 1634. 1634.

The text printed in The Works of John Marston, ed. James Orchard Halliwell (London, 1856), I, viii-ix. Discussed by Robert E. Brettle in ‘John Marston, Dramatist at Oxford, 1591(?)-1594, 1609’, RES, 3 (1927), 398-405; in ‘John Marston, Dramatist: Some New Facts about his Life’, MLR, 22 (1927), 7-14; and in ‘Notes on John Marston’, RES, NS 13 (1962), 390-3.

National Archives, Kew, PROB 10/528.

MrJ 17

A registered copy of Marston's last will and testament, 9 July 1634. 1634.

National Archives, Kew, PROB 11/166/71.

Verse of Doubtful or Spurious Authorship

The Duke Return'd Againe. 1627 (‘And art returned again with all thy faults’)

MrJ 18

Copy in: A large folio composite volume of verse, in various largely secretary hands, 327 leaves (plus blanks), in contemporary calf. Collected, and partly written, by Elias Ashmole (1617-92), astrologer and antiquary.

Betagraph of the watermark in f. 29 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. 239).

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 36/37, f. 50v.

MrJ 19

Copy, here ascribed to ‘Mr [John] Heappe’.

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.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 38, pp. 133-5.

MrJ 20

An anonymous copy.

In: An octavo verse miscellany compiled by an Oxford University man, i i + 37 leaves, in later half-calf. c.1630s.

Among the collections of Francis Douce (1757-1834), antiquary and collector.

Bodleian, MS Douce f. 5, fol. 5v-6v.

MrJ 21

An anonymous copy.

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. 27v.

MrJ 22

An anonymous copy, headed ‘On ye Duke of Buckingham returneing from the Isle of Ree’.

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.

Bodleian, MS Malone 21, ff. 56v-8r.

MrJ 23

An anonymous copy, headed ‘In Ducem Reducem’.

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’.

Bodleian, MS Malone 23, pp. 106-9.

MrJ 24

An anonymous copy.

In: A folio composite volume, chiefly of English and Latin verse, in various hands; vi + 186 leaves, in reversed calf.

Scribbling on f. iir including ‘ffor mr William Rabey in New=market...’, ‘ffor my Louing ffriend in G John westhropp at mr Rogers Reringe house Bury in S[uffolk]’, ‘ffor mr John fford at his house in Newmarket in the countey of cambridge’; notes on f. iiiv-ivr, one ‘Recd 22 July 1669’, subscribed ‘John Cooke’ and including, on f. vir, ‘ffor mr John Cocke at his howse neere the white harte in Thetford...’. Later owned, in the 1730s, by Charles Barlow, of Emmanuel College, Cambridge (his bookplate f. iiv).

Bodleian, MS Rawl. poet. 26, f. 79r.

MrJ 25

Copy of the first six lines.

In: A folio verse miscellany, including eleven poems by Carew, in a single professional secretary hand (adopting a different style on ff. 176r-8r), ii + 231 leaves (including numerous blanks), the date 1633 occurring on f. 55r. c.1630s.

The name Edward Michell inscribed later inside the rear cover. Afterwards owned by Richard Rawlinson (1690-1755).

Cited in IELM, II.i (1987), as the ‘Michell MS’: CwT Δ 8. Briefly discussed (in connection with the poem ‘Shall I die?’ attributed to Shakespeare) by Gary Taylor in The Sunday Times (24 November 1985, pp. 1, 3, with a facsimile example) and by Peter Beal in TLS (3 January 1986, p. 13); and see also letters on 24 January 1986, pp. 87-8.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. poet. 160, f. 198r.

MrJ 26

An anonymous copy, on three pages of a pair of conjugate folio leaves.

In: A folio composite volume of verse and academic plays, in English and Latin, in various hands, 493 leaves, now in two volumes, foliated 1-250 and 251-493 respectively. Partly compiled by Archbishop Sancroft.

Bodleian, MS Tanner 306, Vol. II, f. 264v-5r.

MrJ 27

Copy, headed ‘Vpon the Dukes returne from the Isle of Ree’.

In: A quarto composite miscellany of verse, in English and Latin, compiled by William Sancroft (1617-93), Archbishop of Canterbury, who lived in Cambridge as student and Fellow of Emmanuel College from 1633 to 1651, ii + 115 leaves, in calf. Comprising three separate units: ff. 1r-96v all in Sancroft's hand; ff. 97r-104r in a second hand; and ff. 105r-9r in a third hand. c.1640s [and later].

Including (on ff. 2-23, 27ar-v, 70) 94 Latin poems ascribed to Crashaw (including three of doubtful authorship) and (on ff. 29-41, 43v, 44v-58, 60v, 62v-5v, 67-70v, 72-3, 95-6) 101 English poems (plus a second copy of one of them) attributed to him (including one of doubtful authorship) and (on f. 16r-v) one Greek poem attributed to him; a list of contents on the first page beginning ‘Mr. Crashaw's poems transcrib'd fro his own copie, before the were printed; among wch are some not printed…’.

Cited in IELM as the ‘Sancroft MS’: CrR Δ 1. Crashaw edited in part from this MS, and collated, in Grosart, in Waller and in Martin (cited as T or T5), and discussed in Waller, pp. vi-ix, and in Martin, pp. lviii-lxxiii. Folios 28-34v, 38v-41, 44v, 52v-6 reproduced in facsimile in Steps to the Temple (1970).

Bodleian, MS Tanner 465, ff. 98r-v.

MrJ 28

An anonymous copy.

In: the MS described under MrJ 27. c.1640s [and later].

Bodleian, MS Tanner 465, ff. 98v-100.

MrJ 29

Copy, headed ‘In Duce reduce’.

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).

Bradford Archives, SpSt/9/1a, ff. [17v-18v].

MrJ 30

Copy, headed ‘vpon his returne from thence’.

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.

British Library, Add. MS 10309, ff. 42r-4v.

MrJ 31

Copy, headed ‘Verses on the Duke of Buckingham’, here beginning ‘And art thou turnd wth all thy faults’.

In: An octavo verse miscellany, including sixteen poems by Strode and one of doubtful authorship, in several hands, including a small mixed hand on ff. 2r-43v, cursive secretary hands thereafter, and Latin entries in italic at the reverse end, 139 leaves, in contemporary calf gilt. c.1630s.

A flyleaf inscribed ‘[?] Johannes Philips’. Acquired from H. Stevens 11 December 1852.

Cited in IELM, II.ii (1987), as the ‘John Philips MS’: StW Δ 8.

British Library, Add. MS 19268, f. 31r-v.

MrJ 32

Copy, quoted in a brief tract about Buckingham and the disastrous Isle de Rhé expedition.

In: A square-shaped folio volume of antiquarian and state tracts, with a table of contents (ff. 374r-7v) and occasional engraved borders by John Sudbury and George Humble, 377 leaves, in modern half-morocco. In a single calligraphic hand, employing various scripts, a scribe identified or associated with one Henry Feilde. c.1640s.

Later owned by the Rev. Philip Bliss (1787-1857), antiquary and book collector. Sotheby's, 21 August 1858 (Bliss sale), lot 140.

This MS discussed in Van Strien.

British Library, Add. MS 22591, f. 315r-v.

MrJ 33

Copy, subscribed ‘These verses came forthe, as I did heare, soon after the returne from Rees; in which, whether any more be sette down then vulgar rumor, which is often lying, I knowe not..’. [c.26 June 1628]. 1628.

In: A small quarto diary, in a single secretary hand, 89 leaves, bound with a separately acquired continuation or companion MS (ff. 90r-153r, now Add. MS 28640), in modern half-morocco. Compiled by the Rev. John Rous (1584-1644), incumbent of Santon Downham, Suffolk, and relating, retrospectively, chiefly to public events and to literary texts in circulation in 1625-42. c.1625-42.

Later owned by Dawson Turner (1775-1858), banker, botanist and antiquary. Turner sale, 7 June 1859, lot 253. The second MS purchased at Sotheby's, 15-25 March 1871 (library of the bookseller Joseph Lilly).

The first MS edited in full in Diary of John Rous, incumbent of Santon Downham, Suffolk, from 1625 to 1642, ed. Mary Anne Everett Green, Camden Society No. 66 (1856).

British Library, Add. MS 22959, ff. 22v-3v.

MrJ 34

Copy, in a predominantly secretary hand, with emendations and annotations in another hand, headed ‘In reditum Ducis’, subscribed ‘These verses came forthe, as I did heare, soon after the returne from Rees; in which, whether any more be sette down then vulgar rumor, which is often lying, I knowe not...’. [c.26 June 1628], on three pages of two probably once conjugate folio leaves, endorsed ‘Satire of bucks’. c.1630.

In: A folio composite volume of verse MSS, in various hands, 171 leaves, in half brown morocco. Collected by Peter Le Neve (1661-1729), Norroy King of Arms and antiquary, his brother Oliver, and Thomas Martin (1697-1771), of Palgrave, Suffolk, antiquary and collector.

British Library, Add. MS 27408, ff. 146r-7r.

MrJ 34.5

Copy, in a small mixed hand, in double columns, headed ‘In reditum Ducis’, on one side of a folio leaf, once folded as a letter. c.1630.

In: the MS described under MrJ 34.

British Library, Add. MS 27408, f. 148r.

MrJ 34.6

Copy, headed ‘In Ducem reducem ab Insula RE’, dated in the margin ‘Ao. i627’.

In: A duodecimo miscellany of verse and prose, chiefly in one mixed hand, 77 leaves, in modern half-morocco. Compiled by Sir Thomas Dawes (knighted 1639). c.1623-30.

Purchased on 4 July 1873 from William Carew Hazlitt (1834-1913), bibliographer and writer.

British Library, Add. MS 29492, ff. 49v-51v.

MrJ 34.8

Copy, in a secretary hand, untitled.

In: A small quarto journal of proceedings in Parliament from 20 January to 2 March 1628/9, with additional verses, in three hands, ii + 87 leaves, in contemporary limp vellum. c.1629-30s.

Inscribed (f. 3r) ‘Arth: Langford his booke the first of may 1629’; (ff. 3r, 84v) ‘John Slaughter’; (f. 86r) ‘Francis Webb’ and ‘Robert Thurketil’. Subsequently in the papers of the Trumbull family, including chiefly William Trumbull (1576/80?-1635), diplomat and government official. Later belonging to the Marquess of Downshire, of Easthampstead Park. Formerly Berkshire Record Office Trumbull Add 51.

Sotheby's, 14 December 1989, lot 232, and 13 December 1990, lot 11. Facsimile example in the sale catalogues. Acquired 22 March 1991.

British Library, Add. MS 70639, ff. 70v-2r.

MrJ 35

An anonymous copy.

In: A quarto composite volume of state papers and speeches, in several hands, ff. 153r-97r in a single professional hand, 197 leaves, in modern half crushed morocco on cloth boards. c.1630s.

Once owned by John Hart and John Ashton.

British Library, Sloane MS 826, ff. 32r-3v.

MrJ 36

Copy in: the MS described under MrJ 35. c.1630s.

Text from this MS in online Early Stuart Libels.

British Library, Sloane MS 826, ff. 161v-4r.

MrJ 37

An anonymous copy.

In: A folio volume of state tracts, speeches, and verse, closely written from both ends in a single hand, 260 pages, lacking a number of pages and some fragments (pp. 25-38, 48-64) now removed to MS Gg. 4. 13*, in quarter-calf. Mid-17th century.

Cambridge University Library, MS Gg. 4. 13, pp. 112-13.

MrJ 38

Copy in: A composite volume of verse and prose, compiled by William Davenport of Bramhall.

Later owned by J.P. Earwaker (1847-95), Cheshire historian. Formerly in the Chester City Record Office.

Recorded in HMC, 12th Report, Appendix IX (1891), pp. 545-52.

Cheshire Record Office, CR 63/2/19, ff. 63v-4r.

MrJ 39

Copy, in double columns, on one side of a folio leaf, slightly imperfect.

In: A folio composite volume of state tracts and papers, 314 leaves (plus blanks), in reversed calf. Compiled, and partly written, by William Fulman (1632-88), Oxford antiquary.

Corpus Christi College, Oxford, MS 317, f. 163r.

MrJ 39.5

Copy, in a secretary hand, headed ‘In reducem Ducem’, on three pages of two conjugate folio leaves, once folded and sealed as a letter or packet. c.1627.

Sotheby's, 20 February 1978, lot 367, to Hofmann. Acquired from Hofmann & Freeman, 1982. Formerly MS Add. 806.

Folger, MS X.d.606.

MrJ 40

Copy in: A large folio composite volume of state papers, letters and speeches, in English and Latin prose and verse, in various hands, 58 items, i + 449 leaves.

Given by William Moore.

Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, MS 73/40, f. 149r.

MrJ 41

Copy, headed ‘Verses vpon the Duke of Buckinghams returne from ye Isle of Rees’.

In: A small folio volume of state tracts, 190 pages, in old calf (rebacked). c.1630s.

Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, MS 143/193, pp. 149-51.

MrJ 42

Copy, headed ‘In Ducem reducem’, here beginning ‘And art yu come againe with all thy faults’, subscribed ‘doloris nullus’.

In: A fragment of an octavo notebook, including verses, in a single rounded hand, nine leaves. A loose paper wrapper is later inscribed ‘Verses writ in old Mr James Harris's hand’: i.e. James Harris (1605-79), of Salisbury, lawyer. c.1630.

Among papers of the Harris (Malmesbury) family.

Hampshire Record Office, 9M73/G3(b), ff. [2v-3v].

MrJ 43

Copy in: Collection of papers relating to George Villiers, first Duke of Buckingham.

Harvard, MS Eng 1278, Folders 12-17, No. 14.

MrJ 44

Copy in: A folio verse miscellany, 206 pages (plus blanks), rebound in 1832 (by Charles Lewis) with an independent miscellany (Huntington, HM 198, Part II). Including 52 poems by Donne (many on pp. 64-109, 167-74 initialled ‘L.C.’ [? Lord Chancellor], as are some poems by others), 11 poems by Carew, ten poems by Corbett, and 11 poems by or attributed to Herrick, in a single neat hand throughout; the poems dating up to 1637. c.1637.

Later scribbling and inscriptions including the names ‘Edw Denny’ [presumably Edward Denny (1569-1637), Baron Denny of Waltham and first Earl of Norwich], ‘Charles Cocks’, ‘Edward Randolphe’ and (on p. 162) ‘Thomas Cassy’. Later owned by Joseph Haslewood (1769-1833), bibliographer and antiquary (sold in the Haslewood sale, London, 1833, lot 1329, to Thorpe); by Edward King (1795-1837), Viscount Kingsborough, antiquary (his sale in Dublin, 1 November 1841, item 624); and by Henry Huth (1815-78), book collector (his library catalogue, 1880, IV, pp. 1159-64), and sold at Sotheby's, 17 July 1917 (Huth sale), lot 5873.

Cited in IELM, I.i (1980) and II.i (1987), as the ‘Haslewood Kingsborough MS (I)’: DnJ Δ 25, CwT Δ 28, CoR Δ 10, and HeR Δ 5. A complete microfilm is at the University of Birmingham, Shakespeare Institute (Mic S 15). Discussed in C.M. Armitage, ‘Donne's Poems in Huntington Manuscript 198: New Light on “The Funerall”’, SP, 63 (1966), 697-707. A facsimile of part of p. 63 in Marcy L. North, ‘Amateur Compilers, Scribal Labour, and the Contents of Early Modern Poetic Miscellanies’, EMS, 16 (2011), 82-111 (p. 101).

Huntington, HM 198, Part I, pp. 44-6.

MrJ 45

Copy in: Two poems, in a secretary hand, four small quarto leaves (the fourth blank), in marbled boards. c.1627.

Huntington, HM 742, ff. 2r-3v.

MrJ 46

Copy, in a professional hand, with various alterations, headed ‘In Ducem re-ducem’, on all four pages of a pair of conjugate folio leaves. c.1627.

In: Unbound verses.

Among papers of the Irwin family, of Temple Newsam. Formerly TN/F7.

Leeds Archives, WYL100/F7, [unnumbered item].

MrJ 47

Another copy, with some alterations, on three pages of a pair of conjugate folio leaves, endorsed ‘In praise of ye Duke’. c.1627.

In: the MS described under MrJ 46.

Leeds Archives, WYL100/F7, [unnumbered item].

MrJ 48

Copy, headed ‘In Reducem Ducem’, here beginning ‘And art returned great Duke with all thy faults’, incomplete.

In: A tall folio verse miscellany, compiled by George Weller (1710-78) of Tonbridge, Kent, 157 pages (plus numerous blanks), in contemporary vellum boards. c.1750.

Quaritch's sale catalogue No. 1132 (1990), item 128, with a facsimile example.

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt. q. 50, p. 207.

MrJ 49

Copy, headed ‘In Reducem Ducem’.

In: A folio verse miscellany, 225 pages (including blanks), in contemporary vellum boards. Compiled, and partly composed, by George Weller (1710-78), lawyer, of Tonbridge, Kent. c.1745.

Quaritch's sale catalogue No. 1132 (December 1990), item 128.

Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt. q. 51, p. 207.

MrJ 51

Copy, in a secretary hand, untitled, here beginning ‘Art thou returned with all thy faults’, on the first two pages of a pair of conjugate long ledger-size leaves, once folded as a letter or packet. c.1627.

Northamptonshire Record Office, IL 4287.

MrJ 52

Copy, headed ‘Vpon the Duke of B: retorne from the Isle of Rees’.

In: A quarto verse miscellany, in a secretary hand, thirteen leaves (plus two blanks), bound with a slightly later miscellany of verse and prose in another hand on 38 further leaves, in quarter-vellum boards. c.1630.

Trinity College, Cambridge, O. 1. 35 (James 1059), ff. 1r-2v.

MrJ 53

Copy in: A quarto verse miscellany, in several hands (one predominating up to p. 167), probably associated with Oxford, 436 pages (pp. 198-9 and 269-70 skipped in the pagination, and including many blanks and an index) and numerous further blank leaves at the end, in modern black morocco gilt. Including 14 poems by Carew, 13 poems by Corbett and 25 poems (plus one poem of doubtful authorship) by Strode. c.1650.

Scribbling on the first page including the words ‘Peyton Chester…’.

Cited in IELM, II.i-ii (1987-93), as the ‘Osborn MS I’: CwT Δ 38; CoR Δ 14; StW Δ 29.

Yale, Osborn MS b 200, p. 50.

MrJ 54

Copy, in a secretary hand, headed ‘In ducem reducem 1627’, on three pages of a pair of conjugate folio leaves. c.1627.

Among papers of the Middletons, a Yorkshire recusant family. Formerly MD59/22/B/7

Yorkshire Archaeological Society, Leeds, MD59/5/6/95.

Georg IVs DVX BVCkIngaMIae MDCXVVVIII (‘Thy numerous name with this yeare doth agree’)

MrJ 55

Copy, ascribed to ‘John Marston’.

In: the MS described under MrJ 19. c.1638.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 38, p. 19.

MrJ 56

Copy, ascribed to ‘John Marston’.

In: the MS described under MrJ 19. c.1638.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 38, p. 25.

MrJ 57

Copy in: the MS described under MrJ 24.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. poet. 26, f. 39v.

MrJ 58

Copy in: the MS described under MrJ 25. c.1630s.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. poet. 160, f. 198r.

MrJ 59

Copy in: the MS described under MrJ 27. c.1640s [and later].

Text from this MS in Early Stuart Libels online website.

Bodleian, MS Tanner 465, f. 100r.

MrJ 61

An anonymous copy, Latin only.

In: the MS described under MrJ 30. c.1630.

British Library, Add. MS 10309, f. 39v.

MrJ 62

Copy, docketed ‘Received Sept. 16 [1628], from Will. Crosse’.

In: the MS described under MrJ 33. c.1625-42.

Edited from this MS in Diary of John Rous, ed. Mary Ann Everett Green, Camden Society 66 (London, 1856), p. 26. Green, p. 26.

British Library, Add. MS 22959, f. 25v.

MrJ 63

Copy in: A folio composite volume of state papers, parliamentary speeches, and verse, in various hands, with an alphabetical Index (ff. 1r-6v), 144 leaves, in modern mottled leather gilt.

British Library, Harley MS 4931, f. 9r.

MrJ 64

Copy in: the MS described under MrJ 35. c.1630s.

British Library, Sloane MS 826, f. 181v.

MrJ 65

Copy, following a Latin version.

In: A folio miscellany of verse and prose, much of it on current events, largely in a single rugged italic hand, 190 leaves, in 18th-century half red morocco gilt. c.1630.

Inscribed (f. 1v) ‘Dr Benfield of Cor; Xpi his Notes. / The gift of his Executor to Mr B: G. / -30’.

British Library, Sloane MS 1199, f. 74v.

MrJ 66

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.

British Library, Sloane MS 1489, f. 21v.

MrJ 67

An anonymous copy.

In: the MS described under MrJ 37. Mid-17th century.

Cambridge University Library, MS Gg. 4. 13, p. 115.

MrJ 68

An anonymous copy.

In: the MS described under MrJ 37. Mid-17th century.

Cambridge University Library, MS Gg. 4. 13, p. 150.

MrJ 69

An anonymous copy.

In: A quarto composite volume of verse, prose and dramatic MSS, in several hands, the second item (II) constituting an independent quire of six leaves containing copies of, or extracts from, 14 poems by Donne, in a single minute hand, c.160 leaves, in half-calf marbled boards. c.1630.

Cited in IELM, I.i (1980) as the ‘Emmanuel College MS’: DnJ Δ 65.

Emmanuel College, Cambridge, MS 68 (I. 3. 16), VI, f. [16v].

MrJ 70

Copy 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.

Folger, MS V.a.162, f. 80r.

MrJ 71

An anonymous copy.

In: A small folio book of accounts, from 1625 onwards, compiled by Sir John Oglander (1585-1655), of Nunwell House, Brading, Deputy Governor of the Isle of Wight.

Formerly recorded as ‘Oglander book of accounts’.

Isle of Wight Record Office, OG/AA/87, f. 88v.

MrJ 72

Copy of the Latin only.

In: An octavo verse miscellany, written over a period in three hands (A, in alternating secretary and italic, written c.1638: ff. 1-59v; B, written c.1645: ff. 60r-9r; C, written c.1649, ff. 69v-70r), 70 leaves, in old calf. Including thirteen poems by Strode and three of doubtful authorship. c.1638-45 [and addition c.1649].

Later sold by Thomas Thorpe (1836). Afterwards in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bt (1792-1872), manuscript and book collector: Phillipps MS 9569. Bookplate of the Shakespearian Library of Marsden J. Perry (1850-1935), industrialist, banker, and art and book collector, of Providence, Rhode Island. American Art Association, New York, 11-12 March 1936 (Perry sale). A.S.W. Rosenbach's sale catalogue English Poetry to 1700 (1941), item 193.

Cited in IELM, II.i-ii (1987-93), as the ‘Rosenbach MS I’: CwT Δ 31 and StW Δ 23.

Rosenbach Museum & Library, MS 239/22, f. 64v.

MrJ 73

Copy of the Latin only.

In: A quarto verse miscellany, 180 pages, in three secretary hands, in contemporary limp vellum. Probably compiled by a member of an Inn of Court. c.1630.

Bookplate of William Horatio Crawford, of Lakelands, Cork, book collector. Formerly Rosenbach 186.

Rosenbach Museum & Library, MS 1083/15, p. 180.

MrJ 75

Copy in: A quarto miscellany of verse and prose, with a title-page, 385 pages numbered 858-1243 (pp. 914-29, 966-7, 981-2, 995-6, 1023-4, 1041-2, 1083-4, 1135-6, and 1173-6 excised), in 17th-century calf. In non-professional hands, the miscellany entitled A Collection of Witt and Learning…consisting of verses, poems, songs, sonnetts, Ballads, Lampoons, Libells, Dialouges...from the year 1600, to this present year: 1677. c.1681.

Formerly Osborn MS Chest II, Number 14.

Yale, Osborn MS b 54, p. 876.

MrJ 76

Copy in: A duodecimo verse miscellany, 78 leaves.

Later owned by Ambrose Salusburye. Sotheby's, 2 December 1907 (A. H. Frere sale), lot 321, to Dobell.

Untraced Dobell MSS, [Salusburye MS], [unspecified page number].

Upon the Dukes Goeing into Fraunce (‘And wilt thou goe, great duke, and leave us heere’)

MrJ 77

Anonymous copy.

In: the MS described under MrJ 20. c.1630s.

Bodleian, MS Douce f. 5, fol. 21v.

MrJ 78

An anonymous copy.

In: the MS described under MrJ 21. c.1630s-40s.

Bodleian, MS Eng. poet. c. 50, f. 13v.

MrJ 79

An anonymous copy.

In: the MS described under MrJ 23. c.1630s.

Bodleian, MS Malone 23, p. 105.

MrJ 80

An anonymous copy.

In: the MS described under MrJ 24.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. poet. 26, f. 80v.

MrJ 81

Copy, headed ‘A farewell to the Duke when he went with the fflete towards the Islands of Rees’.

In: A duodecimo verse miscellany, including 24 poems by Strode, in a single mixed hand, associated with Oxford, 56 leaves (out of an original eight gatherings), in contemporary calf. c.1630s.

Inscriptions inside the covers including the name ‘Phil. Mu’ (or ‘Mer.’). Later in the library of John Sparrow (1906-92), literary scholar and book collector. Acquired in 1969 by Dr Bent Juel-Jensen (1922-2006), Oxford physician and book collector.

Cited in IELM, II.ii (1993) as the ‘Sparrow MS’: StW Δ 31.

Bodleian, Juel-Jensen E 7 [item 5], f. 56r-v.

MrJ 82

Copy, headed ‘Upon the Dukes goeing into Fraunce’.

In: the MS described under MrJ 30. c.1630.

British Library, Add. MS 10309, f. 42r.

MrJ 83

Copy in: the MS described under MrJ 35. c.1630s.

British Library, Sloane MS 826, f. 161r.

MrJ 84

An anonymous copy.

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.

British Library, Sloane MS 1792, f. 5r.

MrJ 85

An anonymous copy.

In: the MS described under MrJ 37. Mid-17th century.

Cambridge University Library, MS Gg. 4. 13, pp. 111-12.

MrJ 86

Copy in: An octavo verse miscellany, predominantly in two very small hands (A: ff. 1r-44v; B: ff. 44v-87v), with further verse and prose pieces in other hands on ff. 88r-121r, written from both ends, associated with Oxford, possibly New College, and probably afterwards with the Inns of Court, 155 leaves (including 33 blanks), in modern black morocco elaborately gilt. Including 23 poems by Strode (and second copies of two poems) and one poem of doubtful authorship. c.1630s.

Including (ff. 98r-100r) a letter by one ‘Pet[er] Wood’. Inscribed (ff. 90r-1r), ‘Thease verses I borroed to write out of John Sherly [d. 1666] a booke seller in litle Brittaine, 28th of March 1633’. Later in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bt (1792-1872), manuscript and book collector: Phillipps MS 9235. Sotheby's, 21 February 1938, lot 243.

Cited in IELM II.ii (1993), as the ‘Wood MS’: StW Δ 21. Discussed in C.F. Main, ‘New Texts of John Donne’, SB, 9 (1957), 225-33.

Harvard, MS Eng 686, f. 52r.

MrJ 87

Copy, untitled.

In: the MS described under MrJ 45. c.1627.

Huntington, HM 742, f. 1v .

MrJ 88

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. 57 bis.

MrJ 89

Copy, in a secretary hand, untitled, on a small slip of paper. c.1627-30s.

Northamptonshire Record Office, IL 4333.

MrJ 90

Copy, headed ‘Upon ye Dukes voyage to ye Isle of Rheez 1627’.

In: the MS described under MrJ 75. c.1681.

Yale, Osborn MS b 54, p. 881.