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Fair copy of a verse satire relating to the English Civil war, entitled, ‘A daught of Sr. Philip Sidneys Arcadia’, 17th cent.

MS. Eng. e. 2016
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

pp. 21-32 are blank, 25-32 are unopened.

There is no external evidence of authorship, dating or provenance. Marginal references to the Arcadia on fols. 4v-7 refer to one of the editions published between 1621 and 1638. For a description of the manuscfipt and a reprint of the text, see John Buxton ‘A draught of… Arcadia’, Historical Essays 1600-1750, presented to David Off, eds.H. E. Bell and R. L. Ollard (1963), pp. 60-7. Buxton dates the manuscript on internal evidence as having been written between Winter 1641/2 and May 1646. He gives its provenance as acquired by Bertram Dobell at the beginning of the 20th century and subsequently by himself, c. 1950. The manuscript was exhibited in the 1954 Sidney Exhibition at the Bodleian Library (item 23). The text of the poem was first printed in 1961 at the Bibliography Room in the New Bodleian.


  • Creation: 17th cent.


32 pages

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Eng. e. 2016

Physical Facet

154 x 100 mm. booklet, one gathering, modern sewing with binder’s tape but showing the position of earlier sewing holes; no cover (probably never covered). Pillar watermark with letters ‘PRO’- compare Heawood 3534-3535.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom