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'Titus' ( Gormenghast chapters 38-50)

Add MS 88931/1/3/18 : Apr 1949-Jun 1949

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  • Title:
    'Titus' ( Gormenghast chapters 38-50)
  • Collection Area: Western Manuscripts
  • Reference: Add MS 88931/1/3/18
  • Creation Date: Apr 1949-Jun 1949
  • Extent and Access:
    1 volume

    Access Conditions: Restrictions to access apply please consult British Library staff:
  • Language: English
  • Contents and Scope:

    Autograph manuscript in ink, with authorial revisions. Dated 2 April 1949, 6.25am, Sark. At the end of the manuscript there are:

    • nonsense poems with accompanying illustrations: 'Have a pear' (f.71v) and 'Little spider' (f.72);
    • character notes on Titus, Fuchsia, the Cockatrice and Steerpike (f.77v);
    • 'Abstract ideas' (f.78);
    • 'Notes on Titus characters - ideas etc' (f.79);
    • list of possible titles.

    There are doodles, sketches and character drawings in ink throughout, including:

    • f.2: Titus;
    • f.4: margin doodle of beaked creature;
    • f.4v: Barquentine sat on chair;
    • f.5: framed picture of bird; Barquentine on crutch, tree in foreground, castle in distance;
    • f.6: small sketch of short-legged horse with headpiece;
    • f.7v: male head [Titus?];
    • f.8: Steerpike holding burning wick;
    • f.8v: margin doodle, appears to be tribal mask;
    • f.9v: horizontally elongated Chinese face wearing curved hat;
    • f.10v: margin doodle of female figure with arms raised;
    • f.12: margin doodle: shaved head;
    • f.15: falling donkey;
    • f.15v: male tribal figure;
    • f.16v: palm tree;
    • f.23: figure with arms folded;
    • f.23v: Flay with long hair and long beard, sat among foliage;
    • f.24: male head [the Poet?];
    • f.24v: margin doodle with face and upper torso made up of tribal markings;
    • f.25: winged and beaked creatures dancing on head of baby; head of man in pointed hat;
    • f.27: Flay under tree, in ink; and in profile, in crayon;
    • f.30: line drawing of female in deckchair;
    • f.33: margin doodle, head of boy in pointed hat;
    • f.33v: margin doodle of winged object;
    • f.36: Flay;
    • f.37v: dagger;
    • f.41v: cat;
    • f.44: appears to be figure of child;
    • f.47: male figure with head of horse;
    • f.48: baby;
    • f.49v: stylised doodle of figure holding mask; interior scene looking through door;
    • f.50v: margin doodle of figure at foot of tall building;
    • f.51v: figure holding bird, tree in background;
    • f.55: bearers carrying blindfolded Titus in sedan chair on bamboo poles;
    • f.62: hand holding baby;
    • f.64: sketch of paved environment? [subject unclear];
    • f.67: two heads of baby;
    • f.68: monkey riding mule;
    • f.69: large drawing of male head;
    • f.70: baby;
    • f.74: sketch of title page, 'The Boy';
    • f.77: line drawing of man with moustache wearing hat;
    • f.79v: doodle of head wearing helmet;
    • f.80: doodle of duck.

    Physical characteristics:

    Materials: hard-bound volume.

    Dimensions: 335mm x 213mm.

    Foliation: ff.i+80.

  • Former Identifiers: UCL ref: MS ADD 234 Box III(iv)

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