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'The Countes of Pembrookes Arcadia'

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MS. e Mus. 37
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'The Countes of Pembrookes Arcadia', an early form of sir Philip Sidney's work, divided into five books or acts (fols. 1, 49, 96, 146v, 193) beginning respectively with the words 'Arcadia amonge all the provinces', 'In these pastorall pastimes', 'The next day which followed a night full of passions', 'The euerlasting iustice', 'The daungerous division of mens mindes'.

This version has been edited from another MS. by Albert Feuillerat as vol. iv of the Complete Works of Sir Philip Sidney (Cambridge, 1926). At fol. 237 follow 'Certein lowse Sonnettes and songes', twenty-seven in number, all printed: but a leaf is missing after fol. 241.


  • Creation: Written about A.D. 1580-1590 (?)


247 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. e Mus. 37, fols. 1-2]

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MS. e Mus. 37

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18219


'The Countes of Pembrookes Arcadia'

Biographical / Historical

Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586) was a Knight, soldier, statesman, and poet. Albert Feuillerat (1874-1952) was a French romanist.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. II, no. 3607

Custodial History

'O God save me. C R'(16th cent.?) is on fol. 246v.

Manuscript acquired by the Bodleian Library (141)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Apparently acquired between 1655 and 1660.

Physical Facet

On paper, in more than one hand


12 3/4 × 8 3/4 in.

'The Countes of Pembrookes Arcadia'
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