Digital Medieval Manuscripts at Houghton Library
Bibliography for Harvard University, Houghton Library,
MS Eng 707
This bibliography was compiled by William Stoneman.
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HOLLIS Record (Link)
Royal Commission on Historic Manuscripts. Sixth Report, Appendix. London: 1877; rptd. Kraus: Nendeln, 1979. MS cited p. 310. HOLLIS
A brief description of the MS as no. 105 in the collection of Lord Leconfield at Petworth House.
Catalogue of Exceedingly Rare and Valuable Americana, with Some Important English Books & Manuscripts, Largely from the Library of Henry Percy, 9th Earl of Northumberland (1564-1632) at Petworth House. Sotheby’s, London. 23-24 April 1928. MS cited p. 48. HOLLIS
The manuscript is lot no. 112 in this auction sale.
Mark Eccles. Christopher Marlowe in London. Harvard Studies in English 10. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1934; rptd. New York: Octagon Books, 1967. MS cited p. 161. HOLLIS
Brief description of this manuscript: “[Thomas] Watson presented to Northumberland an unpublished translation, which has never been mentioned by the poet’s biographers” and as “bought in 1928 by Messrs. Quaritch and Company.”
W.H. Bond and C.U. Faye, Supplement to the Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. New York: Bibliographical Society of America, 1962. MS cited p. 224.
Paul Oskar Kristeller, Iter Italicum: A Finding List of Uncatalogued or Incompletely Catalogued Humanistic Manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and other Libraries. London: Warburg Institute; Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1963–97. MS cited in v. V, p. 225.
Accessible through Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance, a “subscribers only” database. To search the database, connect to: Iter Italicum and search by Houghton Library, English Manuscripts. (Link) HOLLIS
Brief description derived from Bond.
Hester Lees-Jeffries. “An Elizabethan translation of Bernard Palissy’s ‘On Waters and Fountains’”, Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes 30 (2010), 1-56. HOLLIS
A critical edition of an Elizabethan translation of the first chapter or dialogue of Bernard Palissy’s Discours admirables, published in Paris in 1580. The translation of the dialogue “On waters and fountains” was made by the poet Thomas Watson for Henry Percy, ninth earl of Northumberland, in about 1590. It survives in a single manuscript, Houghton Library MS Eng 707, which has never been edited or published. The edition of the manuscript here is preceded by a general introduction to the text, its concerns, its relationship with Palissy’s other major work on garden design, the Recepte veritable (1563), some of the conceptual issues it raises for a consideration of early modern landscape, and also short biographies of Bernard Palissy, Thomas Watson, and the Earl of Northumberland. The text is then followed by a description of the manuscript, a brief account of previous editions and translations, a description of the principles of this edition, and a list of works cited in the introduction and commentary.