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Drafts, fragments and notes of stories, in French and English, [1770s and 1780s]

MS. Beckford c. 48
Held at the Weston Library

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Mainly with an Oriental or Arabic setting. Some of the drafts and fragments are continuations of 'The long story' (see Parreaux, op. cit., pp. 99-136). They include:

  1. (fols. 3-10, 12-19) a rough draft, and fair copy with alterations, of 'Yao', discussed by Parreaux, p. 93, n. 310
  2. (fols. 20-3) a draft entitled (fol. 1) 'Gabel al Comar', containing notes on 'Bostan afruz' and a fragment beg. 'Gemal al Camar the mountains of the moon' (or, 'I thought I was arrived in the happy Isles' - Parreaux, p. 109)
  3. (fols. 24-6) fragments relating to Nouronihar
  4. (fols. 27-8) a wrapper, watermarked 1842, formerly containing fols. 30-68

(fols. 30-68 passim) are drafts and fragments relating to Nouronihar, Pourrous and Krisna, c.1779, including:

  1. (fols. 30-5) a draft beg. 'I was once familiar with happiness'
  2. (fols. 35v-7, 37v-40) two drafts beg. 'The industry of man joined to a strength'
  3. (fols. 53-7) a draft entitled 'For the Keladet, where N. remains six months'

(fols. 42v-3) drafts of passages relating to life at Fonthill, 23 Dec. 1779, with a few reading notes

(fols. 69-85) drafts added to the file by Boyd Alexander, including:

  1. (fols. 69-70) 'Hist[oire] de la peguane Runiah'
  2. (fols. 78-80) an account, entitled 'Osorio', of Portuguese explorations in the 16th century
  3. (fols. 81-5) a jeu d'esprit, beg. 'Procopius in the 5th book'

Also with (fols. 72v, 81v) pen-and-ink sketches


  • Creation: [1770s and 1780s]


85 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Beckford c. 48

Repository Details

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Weston Library
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