English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (copy)

Scope and Content

The volume is a manuscript fair copy of the third edition of Lord Byron's English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, with no deletions but including several errors (including the published errors, e.g. 'ingenious' for 'ingenuous' in the preface as well as mistakes, e.g. 'Starbold' for 'Stamboul' in the notes towards the end of the text). The notes appear at the foot of the page as opposed to the end of the document. No date is given on the title page, but the postscript is signed and dated 'W.B. to J.M., 29th Nov 1817'. This would appear to be the only deviation from the original, except for the ommission of the date on the title page and the errors in the text.

Administrative / Biographical History

A manuscript fair copy of the third edition of Lord Byron's riposte to the apalling review of his Hours of Idleness, published in the Edinburgh Review. Why such a laborious exercise as copying the whole was undertaken is not clear, as the book was clearly easily available. It was perhaps, literally, a labour of love?

Conditions Governing Access

Usual EUL arrangements apply.

Acquisition Information

Ada Marshall gave the volume to the Library of the University College of the South West through the auspices of the Friends of the National Libraries on 17 February 1938.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual EUL arrangements apply.


The original text was published in 1817 (1810 ostensibly).