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Miscellaneous pieces in verse and prose, chiefly in English, some of which are printed in Dryden's Miscellany Poems

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MS. Add. B. 105

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Miscellaneous pieces in verse and prose, chiefly in English, some of which are printed in Dryden's Miscellany Poems, and of all of which a full catalogue in manuscript is in the Library. Specimen pieces, out of fifty-five are:
  1. (fol. 7) 'The description of a Lark by Edmond Waller Esq.,' a poem;
  2. (fols. 7v, 27v, 59) Short poems by Addison;
  3. (fols. 13v, 23, 37v, 41v) Short poems by Congreve;
  4. (fols. 27, 82) Short poems by Prior;
  5. (fols. 29, 31v, 49, 53v, 57v) Short poems by Dryden.
At fol. 84 begins a set of separate poems in a different hand, among which are:
  1. (fol. 84) A letter in verse from J. T. Desaguliers to J. T. Brace about the hospitality of the latter to him, about 1725;
  2. (fol. 100) 'What prudery is' by Pope;
  3. (fol. 102) a translation of an ambiguous letter from card. Richelieu, which can be read in two ways, imperfect.

Dates

  • written in the first half of the 18th century

Extent

108 Leaves

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Add. B. 105, fols. 1-2]
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Shelfmark:

MS. Add. B. 105

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 19973

Overview

Miscellaneous pieces in verse and prose, chiefly in English, some of which are printed in Dryden's Miscellany Poems, written in the first half of the 18th century.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Addison (1672–1719) was a writer and politician.

William Congreve (1670–1729) was a playwright and poet.

Matthew Prior (1664–1721) was a poet and diplomat.

John Dryden (1631–1700) was a poet, playwright, and critic.

John Theophilus Desaguliers (1683–1744) was a natural philosopher and engineer.

Alexander Pope (1688–1744) was a poet.

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. V, no. 29558.

Custodial History

Henry Gough received this manuscript (cf. fol. 87) from miss Elizabeth Mansel, a note by whom, written in 1812, is at fol. 88.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Henry Gough, esq., of Redhill, in Dec. 1884.

Physical Facet

On paper

Dimensions

7 7/8 × 5 3/4 in.
Title
Miscellaneous pieces in verse and prose, chiefly in English, some of which are printed in Dryden's 'Miscellany Poems'
Status
Completed
Date
EAD version 2020 by Pauline Soum-Paris
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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