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CATCOTT, ALEXANDER STOPFORD (1692-1749). Translations, 1716-1884

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Scope and Contents

A volume of manuscript and printed material, comprising a large collection of apparently unpublished verse and prose, mostly in English but including sections in Latin and Greek (Oxford and Bristol, from 1716 to about 1740). The first half of the book consists almost entirely of translations written in 1716-1717, but did not cease when Catcott moved to Bristol. It is clear that most of the latter half is also from his hand: this is plainly not a commonplace book, even though towards the end the compositions are mostly formal academic work in Latin and Greek, some of it by his pupils. A count of the volume's contents has identified just over 3750 lines of English poetry (and a substantial body of Latin verse too), of which the vast majority has remained unpublished. Although some of the school exercises are by his pupils, there is no reason to doubt that nearly all of the remainder of the volume is by Catcott himself, and that it contributes a substantial body of newly-identified poetry by a published early-18th century poet. 8vo (binding 200 x 125mm), pp. [viii], 129, [1] blank; [2], 130-175, 174-233. Contemporary calf, neatly rebacked in modern times with dark brown morocco, with label; edges of the leaves uncut. Spine label reads "Translations / by / A. S. Catcott / Bristol /1717 / -1738." Bound in (after p. 129): Catcott's "The Court of Love, A Vision from Chaucer." Oxford: printed at the Theater for Anthony Peisley bookseller . . ., 1717. Loose/tipped in: 4 autograph letters signed from William George of Bristol, to F. W. Cosens, 19 June to 2 August 1884, about the volume, which he borrowed for his projected "Catcott bibliography"; with one letter from Cosens to George, dated 4 August 1884. Tipped in at end: two-page section of William George's Catcott bibliography.


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Collection History


No materials were separated during 2003 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Sylvia Yu and Teresa Basler in 2002-2003. Finding aid written by Sylvia Yu and Teresa Basler in 2002-2003.

Finding aid updated periodically with new accessions by Kelly Bolding, Faith Charlton, and Chloe Pfendler, 2013-2017.

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CATCOTT, ALEXANDER STOPFORD (1692-1749). Translations; Robert H. Taylor Collection of English and American Literature, RTC01, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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See the double issue of The Princeton University Library Chronicle devoted in its entirety to a survey of the Taylor Collection: Robert J. Wickenheiser, "The Robert H. Taylor Collection" (Vol. XXXVIII, no. 2 and 3; Winter-Spring, 1976-77), contains 13 articles by such scholars as G. E. Bentley, James Thorpe, Mary Hyde, Charles Ryskamp, E.D.H. Johnson ("Romantic, Victorian, and Edwardian: Part Two-Manuscripts, Letters, and Drawings," pp. 212-224), H. W. Liebert, Richard M. Ludwig, John V. Fleming, Earl Miner, and Thomas P. Roche. Also, the entire Winter, 1986 issue of the Princeton University Library Chronicle focuses on the Robert H. Taylor Collection. See also: Robert H. Taylor, "Contemporary Collectors III: The Robert H. Taylor Library" in the Book Collector Vol. 3, no. 4 (Winter, 1954); "Association Copies from the Collection of Robert H. Taylor" in the Gazette of the Grolier Club [New series], (June, 1969), no. 10; and A.D. Wainwright, "Robert H. Taylor" in the Gazette of the Grolier Club [New series], (1986), no. 38.

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