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Scope/Content: Manuscript commonplace book in 4 volumes. On preliminary pages of several volumes: Liverpool. Also described in Series 2 of the finding aid to the William Roscoe Papers at the Clark Memorial Library. Scope/Content: Four volumes of poetical commonplace books kept by William Roscoe's wife Jane Griffies Roscoe before and after their 1781 marriage. The volumes each contain contributions from Roscoe in his own hand, as well as poems written by him but copied by his wife. They also appear to contain original work written by Jane Griffies Roscoe, in addition to works by poets such as William Collins, Thomas Gray, Phillis Wheatley, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Lord Lyttleton and Samuel Johnson. Each volume contains an inscription on the first page by Frederick Warburton Dunston, dated 3 November 1893, noting that he purchased the "volumes at Sotheby's on or about 19 July 1887" and that the transcriber was Jane Griffies, afterwards wife of Wm. Roscoe of Liverpool." Dunston owned 5 volumes of this commonplace, but there are now only 4 volumes and it is unclear when the fifth may have been lost. He believed that all 5 volumes were at "one time in the possession of the late Joseph Mayer of Liverpool, " who probably purchased them "from the widow of my great uncle Richard Roscoe MD, " who had been a great collector of Roscoe family documents. Condition: Bound in speckled calf; front and back boards on all four volumes partially or completely detached from spine.
Commonplace books Bookplates (Provenance)
4 v. (180 p. ; 7,  p. ; 160,  p. ;  p.) ;21 cm.
ark:/21198/n1hc86 MS.2008.023, vol. 3
English poetry--18th century.
Bookplates of Frederick Warburton Dunston and David H. Weinglass on front endpapers. Inscription by Frederick Warburton Dunston on preliminary pages of volumes notes that he purchased them at Sotheby's in 1887; He suggests Joseph Mayer of Liverpool and his great-uncle Richard Roscoe as possible former owners.