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Working on a rather large volume at the moment. It contains over 500 pages, and is taking an inordinate amount of time

It has the title Chatertoniana, which can be confusing as there are a few other volumes with the same title.

This volume contains the notes of Rev. Dr. Lort, as well as many first printings of Chatterton's works. Something to look forward to without a doubt.

Dr Lort's handwriting is often difficult to decipher but persevere and your eye will get used to it pretty quickly.

Two images below:

1. Lort's Ms. report regarding Chatterton discovering the iron bound chests in the muniment room.

2. The spine of the book

Updated: Sep 17

Just uploaded Herbert Croft's emotional letter regarding his visit to the room in Brooke Street where Chatterton died, [ more on panel C16]

There are 344 pages, including the index, in Croft's 1786 fifth edition of Love and Madness. Around 150 of the pages are dedicated to the Chatterton story. These pages, along with the pages from the 1780 edition, will be uploaded within the next few days.

In case you were wondering, and you probably weren't, the little paws holding the pages flat when I photograph documents for the website, belong to Leo my ancient wooden lion.

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Uploaded the two manuscript pages in Chatterton's handwriting to panel C15-2 in Canynges Coffer. Also, images of all of the pages in the rare edition of The Revenge, published in 1795.

To view these documents click the link to go to Canynges Coffer and scroll down to panel C15-2 [...Canynges-Coffer]

The manuscript to this work is split between Bristol Reference Library and the British Museum, but to see it complete you need to consult the first printing in 1795.

According to Meyerstein p.401, the manuscript has had a remarkable history. A Mr William Upcott, librarian of the London institution, spotted it on the counter of a cheesemonger in the City, where it had found its way after its first publication in 1795, from Egerton's printing office, where it was declared lost.

It shows several marks, many in pencil, of having been corrected for performance; e.g, "End the Act here" (line 275), "No Business here" (line 372), "To be alter'd" (line 508), and interesting improvements, mainly in the poet's hand.

In the margin of the opening of Act 1 Sc. 4, Chatterton has written "shorten or throw in an air-"

More to follow on this manuscript and the 1795 edition (.Q.).

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