Poems breathed forth by the nobel Hadassas, and The Unfortunate Florinda, by Lady Hesther Pulter

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      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt q 32
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      1 vol. (168 ff. inscribed of 169 bound) and 17 ff. loose sheets; Bound in reversed calf, spine lettered. Poems predominantly in a scribal hand with insertions and revisions in two other hands, one of them apparently Hesther Pulter's.

Scope and Content

A collection of poetry, beginning on flyleaf and then on ff.2r-130v; from back, inverted, on f.1r, 2v-36v, is an incomplete prose romance, The Unfortunate Florinda. Detached, previously inserted matter includes 3 ff. (paginated 3-7) of 62 heroic couplets from Abelard to Eloisa, identified as by Judith Madan, ca.1720; and 3 ff. bearing genealogies, arms and an account of "Ley, Earl of Marleborough".

Administrative / Biographical History

Lady Hesther Pulter was the sixth daughter of James Ley, 1st earl of Marlborough. F.1r bears a note of the author being aged 71 in 1667 and dying March or April 1678 aged 82

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Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

Purchased at Christie, 8 October 1975 (Lot 353), sold among the property of Sir Gilbert Inglefield


In English

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The poems are indexed in the BCMSV database http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/bcmsv/intro.html