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English early modern manuscripts now accessible through Literary Manuscripts Leeds

6 March 2018

The university library has recently purchased Literary Manuscripts Leeds (LML). This e-resource provides access to a rich and diverse range of manuscripts from the period 1600-1800, from the hands of canonical authors to more unknown and anonymous, never-before-published works, varying in genre from letters to satire.

In total LML contains facsimile images of 190 manuscripts, comprised of over 6600 poems as well as songs and riddles from the 17th and 18th century. All of these primary sources are searchable through a database, which among others includes first and last sentences, author name, title, date, verse forms and theme.

These manuscripts are relevant for research in the field of early modern literature and culture. They fit well among the other sources that the university library provides access to, such as Early English Books Online and Eighteenth Century Collections Online for printed books and Perdita Manuscripts 1500-1700 for manuscripts by early modern women writers. Together they offer a varied and comprehensive collection of primary sources from early modern Great-Brittain and, in a wider sense, early modern Europe.


Students and staff at Leiden University have access outside the campus network by using their ULCN login data via: Catalogue Leiden University > tab Find databases  > Literary Manuscripts - 17th and 18th century poetry from the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds.

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