The James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Shelfmark R.3.4
Manuscript Title

The Milton Manuscript (autograph)

Alternative Title

The Milton Ms.

James Number 583
Century 17th
Physical Description

Varying numbers of lines to a page.


Given by Sir Henry Puckering, 1691. Autograph of Milton

Donor Puckering [formerly Newton], Sir Henry, third baronet (bap. 1618, d. 1701), Royalist Army Officer and Local Politician
Size (cm) 32 x 21
Folio 24 ff.
Material Paper
Language English
IIIF Manifest URL
Online Since 20/02/2016


For the most part in the Autograph of John Milton.
Published in photographic facsimile in 1899 by the Cambridge University Press; under the editorship of W. Aldis Wright, M.A., Vice-Master, who has added an Introduction and line-for-line reprint of the whole MS.


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