1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Robert Burton

Philip Bliss, in Athenae Oxonienses (1815) 2:653n.



The bequest [by Burton] to the Bodleian library is, without exception, one of the most curious, and, according to the taste of the present day, valuable additions that repository possesses. Burton's books consist of all the historical, political, and poetical tracts of his own time, with a large collection of miscellaneous accounts of murders, monsters and accidents. In short he seems to have purchased indiscriminately every thing that was published, which accounts for the uncommon treasures of Paul's church-yard, which are now to be found only in the Oxford Vatican.