Early Seventeenth-Century verse miscellany manuscripts /
Mary Hobbs.
Aldershot, Hants, England ; Brookfield, Vt., USA : Scholar Press, c1992.
ix, 183 p., [8] p. of plates : ill.
0859678563 :
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Aldershot, Hants, England ; Brookfield, Vt., USA : Scholar Press, c1992.
0859678563 :
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Outgrowth of thesis (Ph. D.)--London University, 1973.
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Includes bibliographical references.
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Long Description
Modern editors of seventeenth-century poetry base their work on authorised manuscripts of their subjects where these exist, but otherwise prefer contemporary printed editions (usually posthumous, because before the Civil War it was considered ungentlemanly to publish), to verse miscellany manuscripts which are usually earlier. Yet when these manuscripts are examined as a whole, important information, not only textual but literary and biographical, emerges for the study of both major and minor poets of the period. They set the work of the major poets in the contemporary context of which they are part and even where carelessly copied, may reveal undiscovered lines of textual descent. Such manuscripts, kept for their private enjoyment by gentlemen (and women too), students, lawyers and musicians, contain poems by or about celebrities, friends or family, and especially song texts, revealing hitherto unnoted links between contemporary poets and musicians. Though the contents discussed derive chiefly from Oxford, the principles here identified remain true for manuscripts of any other provenance.
Table of Contents
Origins of the Verse Miscellany MS in England
Early collections
Mid-Tudor poetry
The Elizabethan verse miscellanies
Early 17th-century Verse Miscellanies
The Stoughton MS
John Wilson's Songbook (Bodleian MS Mus.b.1) and the Warwick MS (Folger MS V.b.43)
Two Further MS of the Stoughton Group: The Skipwith MS (BL Add.MS 25707)
The Calfe MS (BL Harley MSS 6917/8)
The Rest of the Stoughton Group: The Baskerville manuscript (BL Sloane MS 1446)
St John"s College, Cambridge MS 423
Folger MS V.a 125
Thomas Manne's notebook (BL Add.MS 58215)
Some Further Traditions of Transmission in MS Verse Miscellanies: A parallel Oxford tradition
A legal tradition
The song tradition
17th-century Verse Miscellanies in Print
Musicians and Poets
Some Closely Related MS: The Westminster (Dean & Chapter MS41) and Sloane (BL Sloane MS 1792) manuscripts
William Strode's manuscript and Daniel Leare (Corpus Christi Coll. Oxford, MS 325 and BL Add. MS 30982)
A large group of shared poems
Textual Transmission: Titles
Marginal notes
Conclusion; 17th-century Miscellany Manuscripts Cited
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