Poetical commonplace book, compiled by Henry Fairfax

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      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt 43
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      48 ff., of which 65 pages are inscribed Written in a very faint ink, illegible in many places; two signatures. Gathered as a single quire. Written from both ends, and much written sideways. Written in black ink just above the other writing on f.1 is "? if one of Rev Joseph Hunter's MSS / yes"; spine lettered "HUN / TER / MSS" in the same black ink. Bound in "Middle Hill" light brown boards, characteristic of the collector Sir Thomas Phillipps; a spine label bears the number [Phillipps] 21466.

Scope and Content

Many references to Yorkshire localities, e.g. Denton, Tadcaster, Otley, Kettlewell, York. As well as poetry there is much in prose, including recipes. References to writer's brother B. and sister S.

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry Fairfax, 2nd son of the 4th Baron Fairfax, was in the employment of Lady Barwick, apparently the mother-in-law of the 4th Baron

Access Information

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

Bought at Sotheby's sale (Phillipps, new series, 12th part), 26 June 1974, Lot 2919


In English

Other Finding Aids

The poems are indexed in the BCMSV database http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/bcmsv/intro.html

Alternative Form Available

Kept with the manuscript, in a separate envelope, is a high-contrast Leeds University photographic record (taken before book-plating) of the front and back covers and of all the inscribed pages (ff.1-10, 12-15, 22-end), with duplicate smaller prints for the openings that include ff.12r, 22r, 30r, and 34r.

Custodial History

Sold from the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps (MS 21466). Previously in the collection of the Rev. Joseph Hunter.

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