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Miscellaneous literary pieces, in verse and prose, 1770s-1844

MS. Beckford c. 50
Held at the Weston Library

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Many contained in Beckford's wrappers, including

  1. (fols. 1-2) wrapper inscribed 'Quizzical scraps...'
  2. (fols. 3-12) 'The disgust or the fatal voyage a tragic drama', in verse, [1770s?] and 1810, with (fols. 11v, 12v) pen-and-ink drawings, probably by Beckford
  3. (fols. 19-22) drafts of proposals for funeral games on the death of Beckford's dog, 1837
  4. (fols. 26-31) drafts of an 'Extract from the Dripwell Guide', 1832 (another draft in MS. Beckford c. 20, fol. 102v)
  5. (fols. 46-56) drafts of 'The temptation in the wilderness', verses, 1843
  6. (fols. 58-62) drafts of 'Décret du vieux de la montagne', 1841
  7. (fols. 64-6) drafts of 'Dialogue between Death & the old man of the mountain', 1842
  8. (fols. 67-72) 'The song of the angelic choirs', 1841
  9. (fols. 84-99) poems, mainly by Beckford, 1815-34, including (fols. 86-90) drafts of 'Sir Squasholine', and (fols. 93-4) a religious poem by Beckford, beg. 'How dark the path - how intricate the way' attached by Lady Hamilton to a press-cutting (fol. 94) criticising Beckford's views, with (fol. 93v) a note by her


  • Creation: 1770s-1844


99 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Beckford c. 50

Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom