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Volume of 18th-century transcripts of verse and prose in Cornish, most of the items with a translation into English

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MS. Cornish c. 3

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Volume of 18th-cent. transcripts of verse and prose in Cornish, most of the items with a translation into English, including:
  1. Fols. 31v-123. 'The creation of the world', a play in five acts by William Jordan, 1611, with translation by John Keygwyn, 1691 (the texts probably copied from MS. Corn. e. 2 (SC 28556) fols. iii-128, first series)
  2. Fols. 123-71. 'Mount Calvary', a poem in 259 stanzas, with translation of stanzas 1-229. MS. Corn. c. 1 (SC 31504) contains copies of a and b in the same hand as this manuscript. Item a was edited from this manuscript by Davies Gilbert as The creation of the world (London, 1827), and by W. Stokes from an earlier manuscript, MS. Bodley 219 (SC 3020), as Gwreans an bys (Berlin, 1863, part of Transactions of the Philological Society, 1864). Item b was edited, apparently from MS. Corn. c. 1, by Gilbert, with a complete translation, as Mount Calvary (London, 1826), and by W. Stokes from BL, Harl. MS. 1782 as 'The Passion' (appendix, pp. 1-100, to Transactions of the Philological Society, 1860-1, Berlin, n.d.). Gilbert printed the rest of the contents of this manuscript, except the verses on fols. 10 and 22r, in The creation (1827).
Includes interleaved blank leaves watermarked 1827.

Dates

  • 18th century

Extent

174 Leaves

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Cornish c. 3, fols. 1-2].
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Shelfmark:

MS. Cornish c. 3

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16263

Overview

Volume of 18th-century transcripts of verse and prose in Cornish, most of the items with a translation into English.

Biographical / Historical

William Jordan was a Cornish dramatist. Davies Gilbert, 1767-1839, was a Cornish engineer, author, and politician. Whitley Stokes, 1830-1909, was an Irish lawyer and Celtic scholar.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Armorial bookplate of Davies Gilbert, and his Trelissick Library book label; bought, Sotheby's 27 July 1925, lot 79.

Physical Facet

19th-century calf
Title
Volume of 18th-century transcripts of verse and prose in Cornish, most of the items with a translation into English
Status
Completed
Date
EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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