Poems on several occasions, written by John Fountain

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Scope and Content

Collection of fifty poems in a single hand attributed to John Fountain (d. 1663), transcribed ca.1720. Poems are on pages numbered 1-161, but two pages between pp.61-62 are unnumbered in error. Preceded by title page (p.[iii]) and transcriber's note "To my very worthy kinsman Master T.H." (pp.[v]-[x]), giving biographical details of Fountain). Poem on pp.157-8 stated not to be Fountain's, as may be true of some others, as Wither's "The careless lover" (pp.158-9) is called Fountain's.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Fountain was the author of the comedy "The Rewards of Vertue" (1661). He was born in Devon and educated at Oxford University. After travelling abroad he settled in Barnstable, but died young.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Quaritch (Sotheby), July 1986


In English

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Custodial History

George Newell (purchase note dated March 1721 inscribed on title-page)

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