The original autograph draft manuscript for Gerard Manley Hopkins’ 1879 poem ‘Binsey Poplars’ has been acquired by the Bodleian Libraries.
Considered to be the most significant
Hopkins item to have come to the market in more than 40 years, it
sold for £40,000 at the Roy Davids collection Part III sale at
Bonhams Bond Street on April 10.
The acquisition was made possible by financial support from a
number of individuals and funding bodies, including the Friends of
the Bodleian, the Friends of the National Libraries and the V&A
Purchase Grant Fund.