MC:PR33/1/1N Documents found in G. S. Gordon’s Books
A selection of articles and letters from G.S. Gordon’s books. Unfortunately a record has not been kept of which books they were taken from. Although there is no evidence of authorship on most of the articles, their provenance suggests that most of them are by Gordon. Authorship will therefore be assumed to be Gordon’s, unless otherwise stated. Many of the dates on the newspaper cuttings are handwritten, but in Gordon’s handwriting, so we can read them as correct. Included in this section are ephemera relating to books of interest, advertisements etc. All have been catalogued together to preserve the provenance of the documents.
The ordering of the documents is as follows: any dated documents are listed first in chronological order (MC:PR33/1/1N/1-49). Undated, handwritten notes by Gordon are then listed in alphabetical order: historical or literary figures first, then by subject (MC:PR33/1/1N/50-63). Printed advertisements or articles are then listed in alphabetical order: first by author, and then by subject (MC:PR33/1/1N/64-69). The remaining printed ephemera (MC:PR33/1/1N/70-75) are in no particular order.
MC:PR33/1/1N/1 8 Dec 1911
1 page newspaper article from the Times Literary Supplement, titled The Birth of the Average Tourist. This article is a review of Touring in 1600: A Study in the Development of Travelling as a Means of Education by E. S. Bates.
MC:PR33/1/1N/2 13 Dec 1912
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times Literary Supplement, titled The Bible in Foreign Tongues. The article reviews the Historical Catalogue of the printed editions of the Holy Scripture in the Library of the British and Foreign Bible Society, compiled by T. H. Darlow and H. F. Moule.
MC:PR33/1/1N/3 4 Apr 1913
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times Literary Supplement. Which article is of interest is unclear. There are two main articles, one a review of a book on the origins of English virginal music, and the other a review of the Taylor papers, arranged by Ernest Taylor.
MC:PR33/1/1N/4 16 Oct 1924
2 page cutting from the Oxford Magazine. The Literary Criticism section gives details for Shakespeare’s Hand in the Play of Sir Thomas More, a selection of papers by five experts on Shakespearean authorship.
MC:PR33/1/1N/5 8 Nov 1924
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times, titled The Old Testament in English. The article contains a review of Vol. I of James Moffat’s translation of the Bible.
MC:PR33/1/1N/6 11 Dec 1924
1 page excerpt from the Times Literary Supplement. It is unclear which article is meant to be of interest, but it seems likely to be either The Centenary of William Blades or the review of The Literature and Art of the Empire by E. Salmon and A. A. Longden as the other two reviews deal with subjects other than those which Gordon was usually interested in. The former article seems the more likely of the two to have been penned by Gordon, as it is purely literary and suitably obscure in subject matter.
Damaged, 1 page, unknown newspaper cutting (probably the Times Literary Supplement). The article is titled An “Improved Scripture” and reviews Reverend George Campbell’s partial translation of the Bible, as compared to the Authorised version.
MC:PR33/1/1N/8 5 Mar 1925
I page reprint of a letter from the Times Literary Supplement by Matthew Peacock. The letter is titled The Wakefield Mysteries and discusses an article written by Peacock about this subject, and a new discovery of records that provide evidence for his arguments.
MC:PR33/1/1N/9 15 Oct 1925
Double-sided article from the Times Literary Supplement, titled Paul Louis Courier. The article gives a detailed biography of Courier, who was a Hellenist and a pamphleteer in the 19th century. It also mentions works about the man by Robert Gaschet and Anatole France.
MC:PR33/1/1N/10 22 Oct 1925
2 page printed article from the Oxford Magazine, titled Curiosities of Oxford Libraries II: Merton, author H.W.G. (possibly H.W. Garrod, see MC:PR33/1/1N/32).
MC:PR33/1/1N/11 Nov 1925
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times Literary Supplement, titled Spain and King Arthur. The article reviews The Arthurian Legend in the Literature of the Spanish Peninsula by William Entwhistle.
MC:PR33/1/1N/12 4 Mar 1926
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times, containing an obituary of Sir Sidney Lee, a Shakespearean scholar and biographer.
MC:PR33/1/1N/13 10 Jun 1926
1 page newspaper article from the Times Literary Supplement, titled George Gascoigne. The article is a review of A Hundredth Sundrie Flowres: From the Original Edition and discusses the debate by Mr. Ward and Miss Ambrose (two students) over the authorship of poems contained in A Hundredth Sundrie Flowres (whether they are all by Gascoigne, or if some are by other poets).
MC:PR33/1/1N/14 19 Aug 1926
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times Literary Supplement, containing a review of Die Romantischen Kulturen und der Deutsche Geist by Karl Vossler.
MC:PR33/1/1N/15 21 Feb 1927
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times, containing an obituary of Georg Brandes (1842-1927), a literary critic and biographer.
MC:PR33/1/1N/16 9 Apr 1927
1 page cutting from the Entertainments section of the Times, titled Byrd’s Gradualia. The article reviews Byrd’s works.
MC:PR33/1/1N/17 2 Aug 1927
1 page newspaper cutting from the Book of the Day section of the Times, titled The First West End: Early Holborn. The article reviews a book by E. Williams on Holborn, the Inns of Court and Chancery.
MC:PR33/1/1N/18 12 Sep 1927
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times, titled Ugo Foscolo: An Italian Poet-Exile, by ‘a correspondent’. The article gives biographical details of the poet and details of his work – in particular I Sepolcri.
MC:PR33/1/1N/19 24 Dec 1927
Cutting from the Oxford Bulletin giving details of a book on Arthurian legend and Celtic mythology by Roger Loomis, a review of which can be seen in MC:PR33/1/1N/22.
MC:PR33/1/1N/20 26 Jan 1928
1 page newspaper article from the Oxford Magazine, titled The Oxford Movement in the Thirteenth Century. The article is a review of an edition of the Morale Scolarium of John of Garland by Professor L. J. Paetow and issues highlighted by Paetow concerning the important influence of Oxford teaching on intellectual life in the 13th Century.
MC:PR33/1/1N/21 21 Feb 1928
1 page newspaper cutting from the Sale Room section of the Times, titled Elizabethan London. The article gives notice of an auction of books from the library at Delamere House, Northwich, to be held on March 19th & 20th, 1928.
MC:PR33/1/1N/22 8 Mar 1928
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times Literary Supplement, titled Arthur and Legend. The article reviews two books on the subject. (See MC:PR33/1/1N/19).
MC:PR33/1/1N/23 3 May 1928
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times, titled Mr. Baldwin on the Bible. The article provides a commentary on Baldwin’s speech at the annual meeting of the British and Foreign Bible Society.
MC:PR33/1/1N/24 26 May 1928
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times, titled The Grave of Little John, describing the pilgrimage of the Ancient Order of Foresters to the grave of Little John at Hathersage churchyard in Derbyshire.
MC:PR33/1/1N/25 1 Nov 1928
1 page newspaper clipping from the Times, titled Whig Historians: Fisher’s Defence of Macaulay. This article reviews Fisher’s Raleigh Lecture on history, much of which was focused on, “Macaulay’s place as a historian.” (see MC:PR33/1/1N/47).
MC:PR33/1/1N/26 22 Dec 1929
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times Literary Supplement, titled Andersen the Dane. This article is a review of Hans Andersen The Man by Elith Reumert (translated by Jessie BrÖchner), and touches on the sadness of Andersen’s life and its reflection in his work.
MC:PR33/1/1N/27 17 Mar 1932
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times Literary Supplement. It is unclear which article is of interest, but it seems likely that it is Shakespeare’s Punctuation by Peter Alexander.
MC:PR33/1/1N/28 21 Jul 1932
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times Literary Supplement. It is unclear which article is of interest. There are three articles: The Matter of Britain, which discusses the Arthurian legend and reviews works on the topic, and two shorter reviews on the Pelham family and General Sir John Maxwell. Considering other reviews in this catalogue on the same theme, it is likely that it is the article on King Arthur that is by Gordon.
MC:PR33/1/1N/29 12 Jan 1933
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times Literary Supplement, titled Percy’s Spanish Ballads. This article contains a review of Ancient Songs, Chiefly on Moorish Subjects, translated from the Spanish by Thomas Percy.
MC:PR33/1/1N/30 12 Jan 1933
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times Literary Supplement, titled Arnold and Clough. The article discusses the correspondence between Clough and Matthew Arnold (see MC:PR33/1/1N/50), which had been newly discovered.
MC:PR33/1/1N/31 30 Jan 1933
2 page newspaper cutting from the Times containing an obituary of Professor George Saintsbury (1845-1933), a literary historian and critic. The second cutting is a printed photograph of Saintsbury.
MC:PR33/1/1N/32 26 Nov 1933
1 page newspaper cutting from the Observer, titled William and Dorothy Wordsworth and written by Professor H. W. Garrod. The article reviews two books on the Wordsworths’ lives.
MC:PR33/1/1N/33 20 Sep 1934
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times Literary Supplement containing a letter from Mr. I. Gordon on the subject of Skelton in relation to an ode to him from Erasmus regarding his excellence as a poet (see MC:PR33/1/1N/34-36).
MC:PR33/1/1N/34 20 Sep 1934
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times Literary Supplement containing a letter from Ian Gordon of the University of Edinburgh. In it he claims to have found new evidence, in the form of an ode from Erasmus to Skelton, that Skelton was not an outcast, but the major poet of the early Renaissance period (see MC:PR33/1/1N/33,35,36).
MC:PR33/1/1N/35 27 Sep 1934
1 page newspaper clipping from the Times Literary Supplement containing two letters in response to I. Gordon’s letter regarding the author Skelton in relation to the Carmen Extemporale given to him by Erasmus (see MC:PR33/1/1N/33,34,36).
MC:PR33/1/1N/36 27 Sep 1934
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times Literary Supplement containing a letter from John Lloyd of University College, Exeter. The letter raises questions about a previous letter by Ian Gordon, stating that an ode by Erasmus to Skelton is not a new discovery as I. Gordon claims (see MC:PR33/1/1N/33-35).
MC:PR33/1/1N/37 11 Oct 1934
1 page, double-sided newspaper from the Times Literary Supplement, titled England after the Restoration. The article is a review that discusses the true nature of Restoration society, focusing on the books England in the Reign of Charles II by David Ogg and The England of Charles II by Arthur Bryant.
MC:PR33/1/1N/38 13 Dec 1934
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times Literary Supplement containing a letter from Francis Weitzmann of Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA. The letter is about the first usage of the word ‘elegy’, with the correspondent arguing that Skelton, not Barclay, was the first to use the term.
MC:PR33/1/1N/39 2 Apr 1935
Small newspaper cutting from the Times, titled A New Pen for John Stow. The article is a notice for the annual commemoration service for John Stow (chronicler and antiquary, 1525-1605), noting that a new quill pen is to be placed in the hand of the effigy.
MC:PR33/1/1N/40 14 May 1935
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times, titled The Revised Version: A Biblical Jubilee written by ‘a correspondent’ (see MC:PR33/1/1N/41).
MC:PR33/1/1N/41 14 May 1935
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times, titled “R.V.”. The article discusses the jubilee of the publication of the Revised Version of the Bible (see MC:PR33/1/1N/40).
MC:PR33/1/1N/42 27 Aug 1935
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times, titled Plague Memorial Service in Derbyshire Dell. This short article describes a memorial service for the victims of the plague of 1665-1666 in a village called Eyam.
MC:PR33/1/1N/43 24 Mar 1936
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times Entertainments section containing a cast list and a positive review the Group Theatre company’s production of Medwall’s Fulgens and Lucrece (see MC:PR33/1/1N/44).
MC:PR33/1/1N/44 25 Mar 1936
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times, containing a letter to the Editor regarding a performance of Medwall’s Fulgens and Lucrece, noting that it is not truly the first performance of the play since 1497 (see MC:PR33/1/1N/43).
MC:PR33/1/1N/45 29 Aug 1936
1 page, double-sided newspaper article from the Times Literary Supplement, titled Landscape in the Sagas: The Beginning of a Background. This article discusses the need for more depictions of landscape in sagas, rather than merely the human story and uses four works as reference points (listed at the bottom of the left hand column on the first page).
MC:PR33/1/1N/46 16 Jan 1937
1 double-sided newspaper cutting from the Times Literary Supplement, titled The Perfect Traveller: Peter Mundy and his Voyages. The article gives a detailed biography of Mundy and praises his prose style in his travelogues.
MC:PR33/1/1N/47 9 Apr 1938
1 page newspaper article from the Times Literary Supplement, titled Faults and Virtues of Macaulay: The Historian as Scientist and Artist. The article is a review of A Commentary on Macaulay’s History of England by Sir Charles Firth (See MC:PR33/1/1N/25).
MC:PR33/1/1N/48 4 May 1940
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times Literary Supplement containing a review of The Library of Edward Gibbon: A Catalogue of his Books, with an introduction by Geoffrey Keynes.
MC:PR33/1/1N/49 21 Mar 1942
1 page newspaper cutting from the Times Literary Supplement, dated, containing an obituary of President Gordon, author unknown.
9 page printed document titled Matthew Arnold, the first page of which is an engraving of a picture of Matthew Arnold. The article is from Vol. XXIII no. 69, p. 847-864 of an unknown journal or other publication, and discusses Arnold’s life and poetic works (see also MC:PR33/1/1N/30).
1 page of notes in Gordon’s handwriting on a Coleridge manuscript.
3 pages of notes, 2 in Gordon’s handwriting on the subject of Mandeville, with references to works of interest. The third page is a printed sheet giving the account details of the Early English Text Society for 1918.
A printed compliment slip for Messrs Longmans Green & Co. Ltd with notes on it in Gordon’s handwriting including those on a letter that he wants to write to the Times Literary Supplement about Rochester.
1 page of notes in Gordon’s handwriting giving details of a work that contains information on the Earl of Rochester.
2 pages of notes in Gordon’s handwriting relating to Temple (this is possibly Sir William Temple 1628-1699, although some of the dates in the notes are after his death).
1 page of notes in Gordon’s handwriting on Tennyson, consisting mainly of quotes. The purpose the notes were meant for is unclear.
2 pages of notes in Gordon’s handwriting on the subject of Virgil. It is likely that these are for his Warton lecture on Virgil, given in 1930.
1 page of handwritten notes in Gordon’s handwriting about the Inundation of the Vandals and the Goths.
4 pages of notes in Gordon’s handwriting. From the page numbering it would appear that some of the pages are missing. The notes discuss the subject of Literary History: the possibility of such a subject, the rules and difficulties facing it. The notes appear to be on various viewpoints that Gordon has read.
1 page of notes in Gordon’s handwriting on the subject of Merlin and King Arthur.
1 page of notes in Gordon’s handwriting about Peacham’s Complete Gentleman, and the fact that it was referred to in the 1663 trial of Sir Charles Sedley for public indecency and blasphemy.
6 pages of notes in Gordon’s handwriting. From the page numbering, it would appear that some pages have gone missing. The notes are on the subject of Phonetics.
Envelope addressed to Dr. Onions at Magdalen College, sent from Troon in Ayrshire on September 15th, 1942. The contents bear no relation to the envelope (it is unknown if this is how the envelope was found, or if it has been used to store the scraps of paper since arriving at the archive). There are 8 scraps of paper with notes in Gordon’s handwriting, mostly comments on a book, the name of which is not given. On the reverse are fragments of an essay on The Fairy Queen by Spenser.
1 page printed advertisement for The History of the Franks, by Gregory of Tours. The advertisement contains an introductory note, price and publishing details and one page of the preface.
Printed cutting giving details of the second edition of Shakespeare’s Library by W. Carew Hazlitt. There is a note in the margin in Gordon’s handwriting about J. Smith.
Printed advertisement in large leaflet form for Thomas Percy’s book Ancient Songs, Chiefly on Moorish Subjects. The advertisement includes a two-page segment of the book and a commentary on the book, as well as price and publishing details.
1 page cutting from a book-list of John Smith & Son (Glasgow) Ltd. The book Icelandic Literature by Lodbrokar Quida, translated by Reverend Johnstone is marked in pencil.
Small, printed cutting from unknown source giving details of a book containing six English translations of the New Testament.
Printed fragment giving details of a book on old Scandinavian poetry, with a note in Gordon’s handwriting in the margin (see MC:PR33/1/4C/1).
1 printed page from the Letteratura Italiana with a note in Gordon’s handwriting giving the address of an antiquarian bookshop in Italy.
1 page newspaper cutting (unknown and undated) containing an article titled The First MP Journalist by Professor A.F. Pollard. Pollard writes about the life of Edward Hall, a chronicler, journalist and MP in the 16th century.
1 page printed article titled Sir Julius Caesar’s Travelling Library. The article discusses a miniature library made for Caesar (the medical adviser to Queens Mary and Elizabeth) to take on his travels with him. On the reverse are two quizzes.
1 page newspaper cutting from an unknown, undated newspaper, titled Hints to Eton Parents.
Printed page taken from a list of publications sold by Henry Sotheran Ltd, London. There are no markings to indicate which publication was of interest to Gordon.
Printed fragment from an unknown publication published by the Bucks Free Press Ltd. Mention of a London County Council Parts (l) and (li) report titled Indication of Houses of Historical Interest in London has been marked.
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