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Poems of John Donne

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.5778

Scope and Contents

A collection of poems of John Donne. Also includes other poems by Francis Bacon, Thomas Carew, Francis Beaumont and Sir Henry Wotton transcribed at a similar date. The manuscript is sometimes referred to as the 'Cambridge Balam' manuscript.


  • Creation: 1630 (circa)


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1 volume(s) (1 volume) : paper

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought from G. David, bookseller, Cambridge by Sir Geoffrey Keynes in 1914. Presented by Keynes to the Library in 1916.

Existence and Location of Copies

Microfilm available


A list of the Donne poems is published in H.J.L. Robbie, Review of English Studies, III (1927), p. 415. Also see Helen Gardner, John Donne: The Divine Poems (1952)
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Repository Details

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