Forward from front of book:
, no. 91 (pp. 1r-58r; or, in other terms, 1r-v [title page and argument] + pp. 1-57 [as numbered by Ruskin
, with inaccuracies already mentioned] + 30v-58r).
b) Athens, no. 135 (59r-61v), with the poem itself (six stanzas only) appearing on 60r-61v; incomplete fair copy (see no. 135).
c) Blank leaves, 62r-113r.
Forward from end of book (see "Account" apparatus, draft of composite):
d) Blank inside flyleaf and 162v-r.
e) Poem, The Rhine
(161v, dated 1833
; Works, 2:368-69), and poem,
(161r-59v, dated 1833
; Works, 2:382-84), both of them sections of no. 180. Copied by another hand, probably Margaret’s. Items e-h have the appearance of having all been fair-copied at around the same time, as if these pieces were being anthologized for some reason.
f) No. 244, untitled, copied in the same hand (probably Margaret’s), and dated October 1st 1836
g) No. B, Undatable, partial copy in the same hand, probably Margaret’s (154v-r).
h) No. 204, copied in the same hand, probably Margaret’s (153v-50v).
i) As noted above ( Description ) and in the Library Edition (Works 2:27 n. 1, 45 n. 2a; not mentioned, however, in the description of MS VII
, Works, 2:532), a copybook was dismembered and tipped in to the back, starting between leaves 149 and 147 and continuing until between leaves 115 and 113. This booklet contains no. 251 (a copy probably by John James
, with annotations attributed to W. H. Harrison
), and no. 256 (also a copy probably by John James
). There are a total of 18 leaves. It can no longer be positively confirmed that these leaves once formed a single thin copybook (see Description above)--as opposed, say, to two separate booklets, one for each poem. There is no reason to doubt the claim, however, since all leaves measure the same size, 19 x 22.8 cm.
Title page: The Gipsies / a Poem / by / John Ruskin
Aetat 18 / 1837
(1r, verso blank); 9 leaves, following the title-page leaf, which are numbered pp. 1-17 in the copyist’s hand, and written on both sides (except for the final page).
Title page: The Exile of St. Helena / by John Ruskin
/ Aetat 19 / 1838
(11r, and 11v blank, if one counts these leaves continuously from The Gipsies ); 7 leaves, following the title-page leaf, written on both sides (except for the final page). These leaves were not numbered by the copyist, but the lines of poetry were numbered and, on that basis, nothing appears to be missing.