File NLW MS 775B. - Katherine Philips poetry,

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NLW MS 775B.


Katherine Philips poetry,


  • 1650-1658. (Creation)

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iv, 111 ff. (paginated 1-222; pp. 102, 104, 106, 108, 110, 126, 128, 130, 132, 134, 136-222 inverted text) ; 180 x 105 mm. Original calf binding; 'KP' blind stamped on cover; John R. Tutin bookplate on cover. Some leaves torn out.

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'William Hall' (p. 215), signature of Thomas George Kidd (f. iv).

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Acquired (with NLW MS 776B) from John Ramsden Tutin, Hull; c. 1913

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The first of two manuscripts (see also NLW MS 756B) containing poems, 1650-1658, by Katherine Philips, including some not printed in Poems By the Most Deservedly Admired Mrs Katherine Philips The Matchless Orinda ... (London, 1667, ESTC R19299), together with biographical notes, mainly in the hand of William Hall, antiquary and bookseller of King's Lynn, Norfolk. NLW MS 775B is in the hand of Katherine Phillips, whilst NLW MS 776B is in a contemporary scibal hand (information supplied by Elizabeth H. Hageman, June 2015).
The volume contains corrected fair copies of fifty-five poems, with the titles only of two others. See Index of English Literary Manuscripts, 4 vols (London, 1980-1997), II, part 2, compiled by Peter Beal (1993), pp. 128-129, and The Collected Works of Katherine Philips, ed. by Patrick Thomas, 3 vols (Stump Cross, Essex, 1990-1993), I: The Poems (1990).

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Computer files (images) Hawlfraint: Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, 2002 The National Library of Wales, 2002. All requests for permission to reproduce any image must be submitted in writing to The Librarian, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales, SY23 3BU, UK.

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See also NLW MS 776B. Two leaves which originally formed part of the volume (between pp. 87-88 and 89-90) are now University of Kentucky, W. Hugh Peal Collection, 8379 (see NLW Facs 739 for photocopies).

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 775B.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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  • English



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  • Text: NLW MS 775B.