Literary fragments and three letters by Walter Savage Landor

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  • Reference
      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS 19c Landor
  • Dates of Creation
      ca. 1800-1928
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English Latin Italian
  • Physical Description
      24 fragments in 11 small folders with 1 newspaper in 1 larger folder, together with 1 envelope containing 3 letters, manuscript and printed

Scope and Content

Comprises: (1) 3 autograph letters, 1 to Cornelia Crosse, 2 to unnamed correspondents; (2) Folder numbered '3', a note on spelling reform; (3) Folder numbered '4', a slip with notes on 'Troilus and Cressida'; (4) Folder numbered '5', a pair of fragments, one being in pencil and defining 'Eidullion', with a note about Theocritus; (5) Folder numbered '6', three fragments referring to Saladin, Charlemagne, etc.; (6) Folder numbered '7', a printed extract paged [3]-6, with a prose dialogue between a prior and Savonarola in Italian, and a Latin motto as heading; (7) Folder numbered '10', three fragments: (i) family of Savage and Paget; (ii) Savages in Ireland; (iii) another from Camden; (8) Folder numbered '11', a note or possibly a draft public letter on the Pope's claims, headed 'Not sent, the other sent on the 26th'; (9) Folder numbered '13', a similar note on the papacy, with a fragment torn away; (10) Folder numbered '17', a folio sheet of 'Imaginary conversation: Virgil and Horace', with variants from 'Athenaeum' version; (11) Unnumbered folder, two folio leaves, conjugate, with notes on Pompeii houses, 'Cruelty', Locke on dreams, Homer, and D'Orsay on Bulmer; (12) Uninscribed unnumbered folder, containing: (i) Latin verses on Garibaldi, dated in another hand or at another time, Siena, Septr 16, '59; (ii) more Latin verses 'Ad Heroem' and 'Ad Heroinam'; (iii) a much-scored draft on quarto paper 'From a Florentine to Marchese Aza[...]' in prose, in one place referring to the first instance of a broken word breaking a statesman's heart (Ricasole); (iv) drafts for blank verse headed 'Ione and Ianthe'; (13) Unnumbered item, a Times Literary Supplement for 19 July 1928, with front article on Landor

Administrative / Biographical History

Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), the English poet and prose writer, was a classical enthusiast who had a turbulent career in several European countries and died in Florence. For fuller details see the Dictionary of National Biography

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Acquisition Information

The three letters were purchased from Quaritch/Sotheby on 7 January 1991. The other fragments were obtained prior to 30 June 1970


Mainly in English, but with some Latin and Italian