The binding of this volume is considerably too valuable for the Contents.


Friends of the Library fund – MS Eng 1484

Lord Byron (1788-1824). English Bards, and Scotch Reviewers: manuscript transcription (after 1812).

The public’s continued interest in English Bards, and Scotch Reviewers may have outstripped Cawthorn’s ability to publish his spurious editions. “The poem afterwards became exceedingly scarce so that a large price was often given for a copy,” noted Percy B. Shelley’s friend and biographer T. J. Hogg, “and some curious persons even took the trouble to transcribe it.” Manuscript transcriptions of the poem are not uncommon, the likely handiwork of readers who could not afford to purchase printed editions. This example features a quasi-typographic transcription of the title page.