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Ballads of Thomas Cobbe

 Collection — Container: Item 1
Identifier: MSS 0-65

Scope and Contents

Bound manuscript copy of Legends (After the Basque), containing nineteen "Tales of Faiëry" written in the winter of 1877-1878 by Thomas Cobbe, adapted from Basque Legends by Wentworth Webster (1877). They comprise 224 pages with 20 original drawings by Janet Finlay Cobbe. The back cover is in poor condition with two of the metal corner pieces still attached. Manuscript pages are in excellent condition and the handwriting is legible.


  • created: 1878
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/24/1958

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Thomas Cobbe was born December 8, 1813, the second of four sons of Charles Cobbe (1781-1857) of Newbridge, county Dublin. Educated at Charterhouse, Oxford (Brasenose) and the Inner Temple, he was admitted to the Bar in January 1841 but does not seem to have practiced as a barrister. He is the author of two published books, The Nobel Traytour (1851) and A History of the Norman Kings of England (1869). He was married on August 22, 1854 to Janet Finlay Grahame (1826-1884), a cousin of George FInlay, the well-known historian of Greece.

Note written by Sally Mitchell, Temple University (2001)


0.50 Linear Feet

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Source of Acquisition

Purchased by L. Richardson from Bernett

Method of Acquisition

A copy of the order signed by L. Richardson shows that the book was ordered on March 24, 1958, and was discovered in the rare book room on April 2, 1970.

Processing Information

Processed November 1970. Biographical information is from an email in 2001 from Sally Mitchell at Temple University who was working on Cobbe research.

Ballads of Thomas Cobbe
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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