File NLW ex 3067. - William Charles Dyer manuscript

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NLW ex 3067.


William Charles Dyer manuscript


  • 1761-1763, [1860s] (Creation)

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i, 82 ff. (text on rectos only; ff. 58 verso-68 verso blank) ; 185 x 120 mm.

Quarter-leather and marbled paper over boards; 'Wm Chas Dyer 1761' (ink inside front cover).

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Part of lot 1266 in the Hawleys auction, 2021.

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A volume (ff. i, 1-68) containing transcripts, 1761-1763, of poetry, and some prose, in the hand of William Charles Dyer, nephew of John Dyer, dating from his time as an undergraduate at St Edmund's Hall, Oxford, where he matriculated in February 1761.
Amongst the poems are 'On the Earth-Quakes at Lisbon', a version of John Dyer's 'On the Destruction of Lisbon' [see NLW MS 23297B, f. 53] (f. 1), 'The Princess Elizabeth' by [William] Shenstone (ff. 22, 23), 'The Nymph Complaining for the Death of her Fawn' by [Andrew] Marvell (ff. 32-37), 'Virtue and Fame' by [George] Lord Lyttelton (ff. 37-38), and three poems, in English and Latin, ascribed to fellow students at Oxford, including William Flower, 2nd Viscount Ashbrook (ff. 39-50). The remaining poems are unattributed but seem to be broadly contemporary. Also included are items found loose within the manuscript, including a letter to 'The Revd Mr Dyer' from Bennett Langton and notes on Langton in the hand of W. H. D. Longstaffe (ff. 69-72) as well as loose items removed from other books acquired with the volume, including a manuscript poem 'To Dyer (the Poet)', [1860s] (watermark 1863), and further notes by Longstaffe (ff. 73-82).

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  • English
  • Latin

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English, Latin.

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Front cover detached; bindings disintegrating; leaves cut out after f. 11 (1) and 56 (6); ff. 11, 12 and 56 partially excised.

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Most of the additional loose items were removed from a copy of John Dyer, The Fleece (1757) (ff. 73-74) and of Sir James Dyer, Reports of Cases in the Reigns of Hen. VIII, Edw. VI, Q. Mary, and Q. Eliz, 3 vols (Dublin, 1794), I (ff. 75-80).

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