Figure 1: Paul’s Cross, London, from seventy-five feet. From the Visual Model, created by Joshua Stephens, rendered by Jordan Gray.
I. British Library MS Royal 17.B.XX was identified in 1992 by Professor Jeanne Shami (The University of Regina) as a manuscript copy of Donne’s Gunpowder Day sermon for November 5, 1622. Professor Shami edited a facsimile and transcription of this sermon for the Duquesne University Press in 1996. The sermon delivered by the actor Ben Crystal for the Virtual Paul’s Cross Project is based on Professor Shami’s transcription, with additions and revisions as discussed elsewhere on this website.
Figure 2: John Donne, Sermon for Gunpowder Day, November 5, 1622, Page One. From MS Royal. 17.B. XX. Image courtesy the British Library.
Click below to see a PDF of British Library MS Royal 17.B.XX. Permission to display this PDF of British Library MS Royal 17.B.XX has been graciously granted by the British Library.
II. The first printed edition of Donne’s Gunpowder Day sermon appeared in 1649 as part of the collection of Donne’s sermons named Fifty Sermons.
Figure 3: Title Page, John Donne, Fifty Sermons (London, 1649).
Click below to see a pdf of the version of Donne’s Gunpowder Day sermon from Fifty Sermons (1649).