Manuscript verse by various hands and a masque by Thomas Cooke, inserted in a copy of Poems on several occasions, by Charles Cotton

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  • Reference
      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt 122
  • Dates of Creation
      ca. 1720-1750
  • Name of Creator
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  • Physical Description
      42 pp. inserted into the printed volume; manuscript. Written in a mid-eighteenth-century hand. The first insertion, between leaves Hh3 and Hh4, is in the form of a sewn gathering of 12 leaves (item 1 below). The second insertion, at the end, comprises 11 folded leaves (item 2) and a separate folded leaf attached transversely (item 3).

Scope and Content

The pages of manuscript contain: (1) A short verse miscellany, including 'A satyr against woman' (16 pp), 'The batchelors lettany' (3 pp), Alexander Pope's 'How much egregious Moore/ Are we deceive'd by shews&forms?' (2 pp), and 'Young Nelly my hearts delight' (3 pp); (2) A masque [by Thomas Cooke, 1724], Albion, or the Court of Neptune, including a preface (17 pp); and (3) A poem beginning 'When crafty courtiers flatterers forgett' (2 pp).

Administrative / Biographical History

The compiler of the manuscript portion of the volume is unknown.

Access Information

Access is unrestricted.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Quaritch/Sotheby's, 27 May 2004, Lot 135.


In English.

Custodial History

John Ashley; John R.B. Brett-Smith.