Large collection of satires, ballads, and songs (with a few pieces in prose)
Poetical commonplace book
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- ReferenceGB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt 11
- Dates of Creationca.1710-ca.1820
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 vol. (354 pp.), written by six main hands Bound in 18th-century panelled calf, lettered "XXVI" and "A.BP MARGETSON WILL & MISCELL: POEMS". Index on pp.345-50, compiled by a few of the writers of the book, ceases with p.300. With bookplate of John Smyth of Heath.
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The commonplace book was apparently compiled by members of the Smyth family of Heath, near Wakefield, West Yorkshire. At least the first 260 pp. were written before 1750.
Access is unrestricted
Purchased from Sotheby's, 16 December 1963 (photocopy of description of Lot 243 inserted loose)
Other Finding Aids
The poems are indexed in the BCMSV database http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/bcmsv/intro.html
See Oliver Pickering, "The BCMSV database: a progress report and a case study", in Library Review, 33:3 (1995), 24-31.