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Detailed record for Additional 59496

Author Gower
Title Handwritten facsimile of the 'Trentham Manuscript' of Gower's poems and ballads
Origin England, S (?London)
Date 1764
Language English, French and Latin
Script Cursive
Scribe Henry Strachey, 1st Baronet of Sutton Court, Somerset
Decoration Words and initials with pen-flourishing in the 18th-century style.
Dimensions in mm 370 x 240 (300 x 150)
Official foliation ff. vi + 39 (+ 6 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding Post-1600
Provenance Granville Leveson-Gower, (b. 1721, d. 1803), 2nd Earl Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford: an 18th-century armorial bookplate of 'Gower Earl Gower' on the inside front cover with pressmarks 'N2.', '5.', both with a line through them, and 'DA2', in pencil (f. ii); this transcript of the Trentham manuscript (now Additional MS 59495) was made for him by Henry Strachey, 1st Baronet of Sutton Court, Somerset and private secretary to Clive of India (b. 1736, d.1810).
Henry Strachey senior, father of the above, a letter from him returning the manuscript to Earl Gower, dated 9th June 1764, on a paper paste-down (f. vi).
Henry Rooke, Master of the Rolls, attested by him as a true copy of the original, in 1764: his inscription on f. 38.
Thomas Warton the younger (b. 1728, d. 1790), poet and historian, a description of the manuscript in his hand on a paper pastedown, signed by him (f. iv).
Elizabeth, Countess of Sutherland (b. 1921) by descent through the Barons and Earls Gower and Marquesses of Stafford: her sale, Christie's, London, 2 July 1975, lot 242, bought by the British Library.
Notes Page-by-page transcription of Additional MS 59495.
Select bibliography The British Library Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts, New Series, 1971-1975 2 vols (London: The British Library, 1981), I, Descriptions, pp. 515-16.

Ruth Dean and Maureen Bolton, Anglo-Norman Literature, A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts (London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1999), nos. 707, 708.

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