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.
Poems on several occasions, written by John Fountain
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt 78
- Dates of Creationca.1720
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 vol. (90 ff.) Bound in contemporary vellum. Ownership inscription of George Newell, 1721, on title-page and related note inside back cover.
- Direct Link
Scope and Content
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
Purchased from Quaritch (Sotheby), July 1986
Other Finding Aids
Indexed in the BCMSV database http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/bcmsv/intro.html
George Newell (purchase note dated March 1721 inscribed on title-page)