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An unknown manuscript of John Donne found in the UK

According to the newspaper “The Guardian” in the UK found a previously unknown extensive manuscript collection of poems by the English metaphysical poet, clergyman and preacher John Donne (John Donne, 1572-1631).

Written over 400 years ago the sacred collection was kept, at least during the last two centuries Melford Hall. The expert auction house Sotheby’s Dr Gabriel Heaton put a “standard follow-up visit” to a country house Melford house in the English County of Suffolk, when suddenly the manuscript collection of the poems of John Donne in a box with other archival papers. It contains the 139 poems of John Donne and several works of other authors, including 6 poems of unknown origin.

Heaton told the newspaper: “Nobody knew about it … It was hidden in a corner assembled with a free archival material about the building and not designated as Donne”. The expert said: “I opened the box and came across this amazing manuscript, I opened it and thought, “Hang on, this poem from John Donne … hold on, this is also John Donne,” and quickly realized that this is a very special and significant manuscript. It was a wonderful and exciting moment.”

According to Dr. Heaton, the manuscript is first twisted, and then it wrote the poem Donna, who took about half of the total volume. Later in the book added works by other poets, maybe it was made by new owners of the manuscript. The heaton noted that someone made a lot of changes to the original version of the texts and Donna, and others, and in all cases these changes were non-canonical in nature.

According to Dr. Heaton, the manuscript was compiled during the life of Donna, because the publication of the printed version of his poems in 1633, made the manufacture of such manuscripts pointless. On the origin of the manuscript was unknown and it had not previously been known in the art.

According to Sotheby’s, the manuscript of Melford is one of the largest contemporary collections of poetry Donna, and one of a kind, is in private hands, it put up for sale for the sum from 200 000 to 300 000 pounds. About 30 other manuscripts in the world contain poems Donna, but “only a tiny handful, maybe 3 or 4 people” have the same poetry as in “Melford hall”.