Visit our website: www.thomaschatterton.com 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
Just uploaded Herbert Croft's emotional letter regarding his visit to the room in Brooke Street where Chatterton died. Click the link to [...read 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.
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
Uploaded to Panel C12-1 in Canynges Coffer, 12th September. This is the second printing, which appeared in the Miscellanies in Prose and Verse of Thomas Chatterton, 1778. The manuscript is missing, it being likely that Chatterton sent the original to the publisher of the London Magazine in May, 1770 (first printing). Go to the Canynges Coffer page of the website and scroll down to Panel C12-1 https://www.thomaschatterton.com/c12
Uploaded to panel C12-3 in Canynges Coffer, last night; Elegy 3, which I like to call, O! Quickly May the Friendly Ruin Fall. This is the first printing from the Town and Country Magazine for May 1770. You want romantic? This poem has it all, here's a couple of verses to highlight the feeling Chatterton gets in his works. We know that Chatterton would walk out to Stanton Drew where he could enjoy isolation and draw inspiration from the surroundings. The rather moody photo of Stanton Drew is from the English Heritage website. If you are ever in this neck of the woods I would recommend a visit to this ancient site. A great place to read this poem: Visit Stanton Drew By the way, Norton Malrewar
Uploaded yesterday to panel C8-6 in Canynges Coffer: Zoomable images of the two verses of the first printing in Dean Milles 1782 edition (only two verses were in this edition), and the full work from Barrett's History of Bristol 1789. Click the link and then scroll to C8-6. https://www.thomaschatterton.com/c8 We would like a collaborator to get us a copy of the original, which I believe is at the British Museum (according to Taylor in 1971). The two books mentioned above are a bit special. The 1782 was a gift to Thistlethwaite from Dean Milles. The 1789 is a grangerised copy from the George Elliot collection, with a rather ornate bookplate from a previous owner. That's all for now from (.Q.)
I am in the middle of an overhaul of the website, working on many pages at the same time, while I try to streamline the presentation. I am also checking all of the links to make sure they point to the correct document or story. You are all welcome to continue using the website while I work away because I want the changes and growth of the website to be part of the experience, but do make allowances for any errors you might find. I hope to be finished the main overhaul and streamlining before the 13th September. Then it will be full steam ahead while I try to add around four Chattertonian manuscripts or a first printing every week. Thank you from (.Q.)
A link added to this online thesis, which resulted in the 1977 edition of A Descriptive and Annotated Bibliography of Thomas Chatterton. Go to https://www.thomaschatterton.com/bibliographies Thomas Catterton, composing his next work.
Uploaded to Panel C15-1 in Canynges Coffer, 10th September. This is the second printing, which appeared in the Miscellanies in Prose and Verse of Thomas Chatterton, 1778. The manuscript is missing, it being likely that Chatterton sent the original to the publisher of the London Magazine in June, 1770 (first printing). When you read more of what I've written, you might notice that I am a fan of coincidences, perhaps this means I am on the look-out for them; nevertheless, I needed an image to add to this posting and I knew that the Griffin edition had some interesting engravings. So, I went to my bookshelves and pulled out this little book, flipped open the pages only to find that it opened d
The page numbering in the Annual Register is, at first glance confusing, so I have added direct links to the articles of interest to the Chatterton story: See panel M2 in the Muniment Room for the following: American Declaration of Independence; Review of Chatterton's Works and Life; and Bristows Tragedy (Bristowes Tragedy).