Transcripts by T.F. Kelsall of works by Thomas Lovell Beddoes

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. poet. d. 157-8
  • Dates of Creation
      mid 19th century
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      2 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Transcripts of Death's jest book (transcribed in 1849-50), used by the printer for the first edition, and some miscellaneous verse.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Forbes Kelsall (fl 1824-67) was a solicitor by trade. He was a friend of Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803-49), and at Beddoes' request became his literary executor after his death in 1849. Kelsall published Beddoes' great work Death's jest book in 1850. He followed this in 1851 with Poems of the late Thomas Lovell Beddoes, to which a memoir was prefixed.

See Beddoes' entry in the Dictionary of National Biography for further information.

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

Bequeathed to the Library by C.H. Wilkinson in 1960.


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 46407-8.

Custodial History

Bought by C.H. Wilkinson from Kelsall's grand-daughters in 1920.


Thomas Lovell Beddoes Death's jest book, London, 1850; Poems posthumous and collected, London 1851; and The works ed. H.W. Donnner, Oxford, 1935.