First-Line Indexes of 17th-Century Sources of Donne Poems
Over the years various editors and assistants in the Donne Variorum project have prepared several dozen first-line indexes of 17th-century artifacts that contain Donne poems. We are happy to make these available here, but wish to note (1) that the indexes do not all provide the same amount of detail or exhibit the same format; and (2) while we have taken reasonable care to ensure their accuracy, some of these indexes were prepared by students and have not been proofread with the same rigor as the work in our published volumes. Accordingly, they should not be relied on for exactness of bibliographical detail. We will gladly repair any mistakes that users may report.
Additional indexes will be added below as they become available.
Donne Variorum Markup Tags – The “%” codes found in transcriptions, first-line indexes, typescripts, and elsewhere as needed, contain formatting information. Click link for a full list containing all the codes used in DV transcriptions with examples of usage. Analogous to SGML tags, the Donne Variorum Markup Tags (keyboard characters only) were devised to facilitate sharing of computerized texts among various word-processing programs and across platforms.
“Beal” in the indexes refers to Peter Beal, Index of English Literary Manuscripts, Vol. I, Part I. London: Mansell; New York: R. R. Bowker, 1980.
17th-Century Printed Editions
A (1633 edition of Poems, by J.D.) B (1635 edition) C (1639 edition) D (1649 edition)
E (1650 edition) F (1654 edition) G (1669 edition)
Where applicable, manuscript indexes are presented in traditional groups, separate lines demarcating subgroups. If a siglum shown below is not hyperlinked, a manuscript index is not available here. Unclassified manuscripts are listed alphabetically by DV siglum. A complete sigla list can be found in the Front Matter.
B7 CT1 DT1 (bound together with DT2) H4
B40 TT1 TT2
Associated with Group III
B13 H3 H7 HH1 HH4 HH5 Y2
NY1 VA2 (a copy of NY1 with respect to canonical items and sequence; the two mss. differ following the canonical sequence)
(Since more than 200 mss. fall into this category, it is likely to remain only partially completed. Items will be added as the demands of the project require their preparation.)
AF1 B47 H8 O16 (partial) O30 SA1 TM1
Unless otherwise noted, the Tables of Contents for these modern editions are given as PDFs augmented by text-box notes when necessary. For editions without specific Tables of Contents, an HTML First-Line Index lists the DV short form, page numbers, heading, and first line for each canonical poem. For more information about these editions, see the Front Matter. The Tables of Contents and First-Line Indexes for the Modern Editions were compiled by Danielle Lake with assistance from Tracy McLawhorn in the Spring of 2014.
H (Tonson; 1719) I (Bell; 1779) J (Anderson; 1793 [HTML]) K (Chalmers; 1810) L (Alford; 1839) M (Lowell; 1855)
N (Grosart; 1872–73) O (Grolier Club; 1895) P (Chambers; 1896) Q (Grierson; 1912) R (Sparrow; 1923) S (Hayward; 1929)
T (Bennett; 1942) U (Gardner; 1952) V (Redpath; 1956) W (Manley; 1963) X (Gardner; 1965) Y (Milgate; 1967)
Z (Shawcross; 1967) AA (Smith; 1971) BB (Milgate; 1978) CC (Redpath; 1983) DD (Patrides; 1985 [HTML])