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The Burley Manuscript$
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Peter Redford

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781526104489

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526104489.001.0001

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(p.25) 5 Provenance
The Burley Manuscript
Peter Redford
Manchester University Press

Drawing on the material of chapter 3, evidence is presented for the dating and provenance of the manuscript’s first part, which is all in Parkhurst’s hand, and includes items relating to his time in Venice, letters apparently clandestinely copied, and translations of letters by the 4th-century Roman patrician, Q. Aurelius Symmachus. The second part, containing very little in Parkhurst’s hand, is conjectured to have been collected by him, and perhaps his brother Robert, over much the same period as part 1. Part 3 was probably assembled by Parkhurst and an anonymous scribe known as D1, who seems to have been Parkhurst’s assistant in the matter of covert copying, and includes not only letters but poems, epigrams, and a copy of a letter from John Donne together with his Paradoxes. Before part 4 comes a single folio containing only a Latin epigram by Katherine Killigrew, and a series of folios in a hand unique to this section with 28 extracts from Spenser’s ‘Complaints’. The concluding part 4 is nearly all in Parkhurst’s hand, and is a collection of the ‘commonplace book’ kind, dating from Parkhurst’s English career between 1616 and the Civil War.

Keywords:   Covert copying, D1, Donne, Paradoxes, Commonplace book

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