Nature and Scope
The focus of this collection is to provide direct access to facsimile images of verses as catalogued in the University of Leeds Brotherton Library’s BCMSV database. For further details on the background to the collection and database, see the Introduction. The search engine and browse lists provide easy access to research enquiries and the original images are just a click away in a variety of formats. These verses are provided in their full context and thus this collection also allows access to the complete manuscripts and their searchable catalogue data, including the available lt and ltq literary manuscripts in the Brotherton Collection that are not indexed in the BCMSV database. Please note that Lt q 46 does not exist and Ltq 36, 67 and 68 were unavailable for filming.
The manuscripts range from contemporary copies of poems by writers like Colvil, Dryden, Fairfax and Pope to popular tags and epitaphs. Many of the manuscripts are miscellanies and commonplace books which have never previously been indexed. One example is Lady Hester Pulter's Poems breathed forth by the nobel Hadassas: a collection of poetry, c. 1645-1665, consisting of a single volume and several loose sheets, predominantly in a scribal hand with insertions and revisions in two other hands, one perhaps autograph. It also includes part of a novel, The Unfortunate Florinda. Another example is a poetical commonplace book, in several hands, c. 1740-1804, partly compiled by Eliza Marriott.
Full listings of the manuscripts, manuscript types, authors, first lines, verse titles and colour images available can be found on the documents list. The Lt/Lt q filter is available for any researchers who would like to filter results by classmark.
Particularly noteworthy for illustrations are Lt 50, William Tipping’s collection of religious poetry and accompanying pasted woodcuts; Lt 76, translations from Ovid’s Metamorphoses; and Lt 68, Patrick Carey’s love poetry Ballades dedicated to the Lady Victoria Uvedale.
Material sourced from Brotherton Library, University of Leeds