Scope and Content

Manuscript of the book, including preliminaries. One sheet (66) is missing, meaning that the first two and a half stanzas of the poem printed on pages 60-61 (Steele p. 78, Champion p. 95) are missing from the text. The manuscript is in the form of original ribbon typescript. Michael Schmidt has added typesetting instructions in red and black ink, and has carried out minor editing of Purcell's introduction; further mark-up has been added in pencil, possibly at the printing house.


The original folio numbering runs throughout in the top right corner, with the exception of folio 66 which is missing.