Reginald Heber book of poems and drawings

manuscript journal

A volume of comical poems and a play, “Blue Beard”, with 22 transformation cards that illustrate the themes with humorous images of characters performing various activities. Several depict barbers and their customers or other people in the act of grooming and taking medicines, which accompany “Van Evert the or Beelzebubs Barber, V. Vanevert the Dutch Buccaneer”. The poem “The Silver Ladle” is illustrated with a card with two women in a kitchen with a tea kettle. “Bill Bolton, the weaver”, a Scottish tale, illustrated with a pen and ink drawing of a funeral procession


  • Author: Heber, Reginald, 1783-1826.
  • Title: Reginald Heber book of poems and drawings : manuscript.
  • Production: England, circa 1815.

Catalog Record

LWL Mss Vol. 280

Acquired August 2022

The mysterious mother, a tragedy

handwritten title page

A manuscript copy, in an unidentified hand, of Horace Walpole’s tragedy. The text appears to follow the original 1768 edition, including the postscript and without the introduction.

  • Author: Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797, author.
  • Title: The mysterious mother, a tragedy : manuscript / by The Honble. Horace Walpole.
  • Production: England, late 18th century?

Catalog Record

LWL Mss Vol. 274

Acquired March 2022

Tooke family album of unpublished correspondence

description below

Quarto album, with 29 autograph letters (three being fragments), c. 100 pages in total (some laid in loose); two commonplace manuscripts c. 35 and c. 62 pages; a large fragment of a play c. 90 pages (on rectos only), comprising most of(?) Act II, all of Acts III and IV and most of(?) Act V; and an unrecorded printed folio broadside advertising the sale by auction on 1 November 1820 of an ‘Estate in the Vale of Clwyd, Denbighshire’ (Elizabeth Tooke’s family property). The 29 letters are to and from various members of the family, with 14 being from the period the family spent in Russia.


  • Author: Tooke, William, 1744-1820.
  • Title: Tooke family album of unpublished correspondence and commonplace manuscripts : manuscript.
  • Production: St. Petersburg and London, bulk 1773-1811

Catalog Record

LWL Mss Vol. 254

Acquired March 2020

The gamester : a tragedy

title page

  • Author: Moore, Edward, 1712-1757, author.
  • Title: The gamester : a tragedy / written by Mr. Moore ; marked with the variations in the manager’s book, at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane.
  • Publication: London : Printed for T. Davies, W. Nicoll, S. Bladon, and J. Bew, MDCCLXXXIV [1784]

Catalog Record

768 M78 784

Acquired April 2020

Judas Macchabaeus : a sacred drama

  • AuthorMorell, Thomas, 1703-1784, librettist.
  • TitleJudas Macchabaeus : a sacred drama. As it is performed at the Theatre Royal in Covent-Garden. The musick composed by Mr. Handel.
  • PublicationLondon : Printed for the administrator of J. Watts; and sold by T. Lowndes, in Fleet-Street, [1768?]

Catalog Record

Quarto 768 M84 768

Acquired August 2017

The cruel gift: a tragedy…

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  • Author: Centlivre, Susanna, 1667?-1723.
  • Title: The cruel gift : a tragedy : as it is acted at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane by His Majesty’s servants / by Mrs. Cent Livre.
  • Published: London : Printed for E. Curl in Fleet-Street, and A. Bettesworth in Pater-Noster Row, 1717.

Catalog Record

768 C33 717

Acquired July 2012

La fanciulla di sedici anni

An Italian translation of David Garrick’s farce in two acts, A miss in her teens. The anonymous translator notes in the preface that he has altered the production by creating three acts from the original two. With decorated paper wrappers.

  • Author: Garrick, David, 1717-1779.
  • Title: La fanciulla di sedici anni : traduzione dall’ inglese.
  • Published: Livorno : Per Marco Coltellini in Via Grande, con approvazione, MDCCLXVIII [1768].

Catalog Record

Elfrida a dramatic poem.

Mason, William, 1725-1797

Elfrida : a dramatic poem. Written on the model of the antient Greek tragedy / first published in the year 1751, and now altered for theatrical representation by Mr. Mason.

Published: London : Printed by H. Goldney, for J. Dodsley, in Pall-Mall; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1779.

LWL 533 779

First ed. of Mason’s own stage-adaptation of the poem Elfrida (published in 1752), a drama of Anglo-Saxon England.

Elfrida : a dramatic poem. Written on the model of the antient Greek tragedy

Subjects (Library of Congress): Great Britain–History–Anglo-Saxon period, 449-1066–Drama.

Lewis Walpole Library new acquisition: February, 2010