Donald Davie The poet in the imaginary museum

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 CPA/1/2/1/8
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 Sequence 2, Box 3 [55]
  • Dates of Creation
      n.d. [ca 1976-1977]
  • Physical Description
      252 sheets

Scope and Content

Book file containing the complete collated proofs of Donald Davie's The poet in the imaginary museum: essays of two decades, ed. Barry Alpert (Manchester: Carcanet New Press, 1977). The book was initially typeset in-house at Carcanet Press and printed by Unwin Brothers; Val Warner was the copy-editor. The proofs have been corrected by Warner, who indicates printing errors in red, other changes to be made in blue, and comments or queries in pencil; she has transferred Barry Alpert's corrections to this set, although some of his changes have been overridden. The bibliography was corrected by Robert Wells. The file also includes: typescript half-title, title and copyright pages, prepared by Warner; Davie's own holograph list of contents; two lists of typescript queries on the manuscript compiled by Warner; a letter from Warner to Schmidt relating to the manuscript; the bibliography of the book in xeroxed form; and a photocopy of the book's cover. Davie's own holograph versions of 'postscripts' to some of his essays have been inserted at the relevant points in the proofs.


As the proofs include numerous inserts and additional papers, the archivist has added running numbers in the top right-hand corner of each sheet.

Related Material

The manuscript and editor's proofs of this volume form part of the first accession of the archive, and are listed at CPA/1/1/1/26.