Over the years various editors and assistants in the Donne Variorum project have prepared several dozen first-line indexes of 17th-century artifacts that contain Donne poems. We are happy to make these available here, but wish to note (1) that the indexes do not all provide the same amount of detail or exhibit the same format; and (2) while we have taken reasonable care to ensure their accuracy, some of these indexes were prepared by students and have not been proofread with the same rigor as the work in our published volumes. Accordingly, they should not be relied on for exactness of bibliographical detail. We will gladly repair any mistakes that users may report.
Additional indexes will be added below as they become available.
Donne Variorum Markup Tags - The "%" codes found in transcriptions, first-line indexes, typescripts, and elsewhere as needed, contain formatting information. Click link for a full list containing all the codes used in DV transcriptions with examples of usage. Analogous to SGML tags, the Donne Variorum Markup Tags (keyboard characters only) were devised to facilitate sharing of computerized texts among various word-processing programs and across platforms.
"Beal" in the indexes refers to Peter Beal, Index of English Literary Manuscripts, Vol. I, Part I. London: Mansell; New York: R. R. Bowker, 1980.
Where applicable, manuscript indexes are presented in traditional groups, separate lines demarcating subgroups. If a siglum shown below is not hyperlinked, a manuscript index is not available here. Unclassified manuscripts are listed alphabetically by DV siglum. A complete sigla list can be found in the Front Matter.
(Since more than 200 mss. fall into this category, it is likely to remain only partially completed. Items will be added as the demands of the project require their preparation.)