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Printed Ephemera of John Masefield

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MS. Eng. c. 8395
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fols. 1-2 ‘Campeachy Picture’, John Masefield, A Broadside for June 1908, Dun Emer Press, unnumbered one of 300

fols. 9-10 ‘To Rudyard Kipling’, John Masefield, printed E.H. Blakeney, Winchester, April 1936

fols. 17-20 a printed pamphlet, ‘Some words spoken [on 5 July 1948] in grateful memory of Sir Ronald Ross … commemorating Mosquito Day … with a few corrections and additions by Dr. John Masefield …’

fols. 21-39 playbills and cast lists for performances given in the Music Room, Boar’s Hill, 1924-1931. All the items are cast lists unless otherwise indicated:

  1. fol. 21 Acts of Faith, Gilbert Highet, followed by Chaucer readings, 12 March 1931
  2. fol. 22 The Apple, Gilbert Highet, followed by W.B. Yeats poems and The Tudor Touch by Nevil Coghill, 5 November, n.y.
  3. fol. 23 Boadicea, Laurence Binyon, 14-16 January 1926
  4. fol. 24 A Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare, 19-20 October 1928
  5. fol. 25 Deirdre, W.B. Yeats, 9-10 February 1927
  6. fol. 26 Evil, Ronald Ross, followed by Gruach by Gordon Bottomley, 19-21 November, n.y.
  7. fol. 27 Gammar Gurton’s Needle, 5-7 March 1925
  8. fol. 28 Good Friday, John Masefield, 14-15 May 1926
  9. fol. 29 Hamlet … First Quarto (playbill), with (fol. 30) a cast list, 10-12 March 1927
  10. fol. 31 Master Peter Pathelin, followed by country dances, 4-6 March 1926
  11. fol. 32 Medea, T. Sturge Moore, with The Famous Tragedy of The Queen of Cornwall by Thomas Hardy, n.d.
  12. fol. 33 Meleager (playbill) R.C. Trevelyan, 8 November 1929
  13. fol. 34 Tristan and Isolt (playbill), John Masefield, 20-22 October, n.y.
  14. fol. 35 T he Trial of Jesus, John Masefield, 9 May 1925
  15. fol. 36 The Two Angry Women of Abingdon (playbill), Harry Porter, 30 November – 1 December, n.y.
  16. fol. 37 The Young King (playbill), Laurence Binyon, with (fol. 38) a cast list, 13-15 November 1924
  17. fol. 39 “When Good King Arthur”, 27-28 May, n.y.


  • Creation: 1908-1948 and n.d.


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. Eng. c. 8395

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16122


Printed ephemera of John Masefield.

Biographical / Historical

John Edward Masefield (1878-1967) was Poet Laureate and prolific author of novels, plays and works of fiction. Details are given in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Custodial History

A note accompanying the transfer reads: ‘Collection of Playbills from John Masefield’s private theatre 1924-38 found in box marked “Miss Daniels [sic] Masefield” ’. The ephemera may have formed part of the Diana Daniels collection of Masefield papers which the Bodleian bought in 1969.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Bodleian Rare Books in December 2015.

Related Materials

Papers of John Masefield collected by Diana Daniels: MSS. Eng. poet. d. 194-5, e. 116-21; Eng. lett. c. 255; Eng. misc. d. 657-8, e. 602, f. 398.

Catalogue of the Printed Ephemera of John Masefield
Finding aid prepared by Judith Priestman
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Weston Library
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