The Vision (c. 1777)
manuscript, MS. Beckford c. 46, known as The Vision or The Long Story,
has been transcribed with as much precision as possible. Beckfords
spelling is idiosyncratic and all misspellings have been retained in
the transcription; nor has the erratic punctuation been corrected. The
manuscript is paginated from page 1 to page 87; the pagination is provided
within square brackets. Paragraphs have been retained in the transcription;
line breaks have not.
Underlined words which would normally be rendered in italics have not
been retained for the purposes of this online edition.
The manuscript is published with the kind permission of the Department
of Western Manuscripts at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
In time, this current edition - which excludes all fragmentary continuations
of the manuscript and which retains none of the footnotes and reproduces
none of the earlier wordings later changed by Beckford in the manuscript
- will be replaced by a much more thorough edition, undertaken by the
present editor in collaboration with Prof.
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