Poetical commonplace book, compiled by Benjamin Coles

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      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt 24
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  • Physical Description
      1 vol. (171 ff.) F.1r, ownership inscription by Coles, 1732. Certain pieces are written in shorthand. Printed text of "The devil of Tinkerton" (Dryden from Chaucer) pasted on f.21r from back. Engraved diagrams pasted on a front and a back flyleaf. Inscription by B. Coles (a nephew) on another front flyleaf. Record of purchase of the volume by R. Brown from Benjamin Coles, 8 August 1754, on another back flyleaf. 19th-century signature "Jas. Langlands" on front pastedown, which also bears ownership address label of Mrs V.J. Dawson, Southam nr. Cheltenham, 14 May 1965. The volume is bound in 18th-century red morocco gilt, but with back board and its flyleaves nearly detached.

Scope and Content

The volume also contains some prose

Administrative / Biographical History

Benjamin Coles was of Great Forster's, Egham, Surrey

Access Information

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

Bought from Quaritch (Sotheby), April 1966


In English

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Custodial History

Former owners include R. Brown, James Langlands, and Mrs V.J. Dawson

Related Material

Another compilation of verse and prose by Benjamin Coles is contained in Brotherton Collection MS Lt 53

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