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'Materials for a biography of English poets to the end of the sixteenth century, collected by J. R[itson] and F. D[ouce].', written in about A.D. 1800 by F. Douce

MS. Douce e. 5
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In the 'Advertisement' of the (anonymous) printed work a reference is made to Douce as 'a very learned and ingenious friend, to whom the publick is not less indebted than the editour', to which Douce has added a note in his copy 'Originally F. D., but he [i.e. Ritson] afterwards cancelled the name from a bit of spite.'.


  • Creation: written in about A.D. 1800 by F. Douce


304 pages

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Douce e. 5


These references, notes, and lists of works are arranged under each century separately, with an additional list of English writers in Latin and French, and a supplement, each division being arranged in alphabetical order of authors' names. The whole is in Douce's hand, and is the basis of Ritson's Bibliotheca Poetica (Lond. 1802). Presumably Douce undertook to arrange his own and Ritson's notes in this volume, and Ritson formed his book on it by additions and changes.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no 21996

Physical Facet

On paper


7 1/2 × 4 5/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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