English translations of verses from Ovid's Metamorphoses, written into a German translation of the latter by Johannes Posthius

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt 76
  • Dates of Creation
      ca. 1600
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      Latin German English
  • Physical Description
      Printed book, with manuscript additions. The volume is worn, with a loose spine and detached boards; it is currently conserved in a brown box.

Scope and Content

Comprises a copy of Iohan. Posthii Germershemii tetrasticha in Ovidii Metamor. Lib. XV. ..., [Frankfurt?], 1563, with 167 separate English stanzas written on blank verso pages (i.e. facing the Latin and German texts and woodcuts on the rectos) in a hand of c.1600.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Milton (1608-1674), the poet. For fuller details of his life and achievements see the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

Access is unrestricted.

Acquisition Information

Purchased at Sotheby's on 2 August 1985.


In Latin, German, and English.

Other Finding Aids

The poems are indexed in the BCMSV database http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/bcmsv/bcmvlink.htm#bclt76

Additional Information

Hugh C.H. Candy, Some Newly Discovered Stanzas Written by John Milton on Engraved Scenes Illustrating Ovid's Metamorphoses (London, 1924) is shelved with the volume. Hugh Candy believed that the English translations in question were composed and transcribed by John Milton in his youth, ca. 1623.