'Album Amicorum Emanuelis de Meteren ['Demetrius'] Mercatoris Antuerpiani. anno m . d . lxxv', begun in the year when the Spaniards carried off his former Album from Antwerp, written in 1575-1609
There are many signatures and poems, and some engravings and coloured pictures, the names being indexed at fol. 118c: the chief ones are (an asterisk implying that there is more than a mere signature and motto or engraving):
- (fol. 103) Baudius, Dominicus, 1604
- (fol. 60) *Camden, Will., 1584
- (fol. 46) Clusius, Carolus, 1579
- (fol. 40) Croy, Carolus, Philippus de, marquis of Haurech, 1578
- (fol. 65) Dousa, Janus, the younger, 1585
- (fol. 35) *Gallé, Philippus, 1577
- (fol. 47) *Garth, Richard, 1578: with picture of London Bridge
- (fol. 9) Goltzius, Hubertus, 1576
- (fol. 7) *Heere, Lucas d*, 1576
- (fol. 5v) *Hoefnagle, Georg, 1575
- (fol. 81) Junius, Francis, 1595
- (fol. 73) Lipsius, Justus, 1590
- (fol. 83) Merula, Paulus, 1595
- (fols. v, 1, 2, 31) Meteren, Emanuel van, 1575-7
- (fol. 75) Molinaeus, Petrus, 1595
- (fols. iii, 38) Mulcaster, Richard, 1577
- (fol. 8a) Mylius, Arnoldus, 1576
- (fol. 42)*Nassau, Guill. Louis, count of, 1578
- (fol. 3v) *Ortelius, Abr., 1577
- (fol. 55v) Ortelius, Joachimus, 1586
- (fol. 86) Radcliffe, Edw., 1595
- (fol. 3) *Rogers, Daniel, 1578
- (fol. 100) Salterne, George, 1601
- (fol. 80cv, cf. 43v) Smetius, Henricus, 1595?
- (fol. 111v) Walker, Will., of Chiswick, 1609
Leaves have gone after fols. 10, 12, 14, 16, 22, 27, 49, 54, 57, 99 (sir Robert Cotton), 103.
- Creation: written in 1575-1609
Language of Materials
- Dutch; Flemish
MS. Douce 68
Other Finding Aids
Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no 21642
Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Douce.
Once deposited in the Dutch church in St. Austin Friars, London, according to Douce's note. A stamp of W. P. (?) conjoined is in the volume, which was bought by Douce at the John Henderson sale, 1786.
On paper and parchment, imperfect, binding: contemporary stamped leather with gold tooling, worn
8 × 5 1/2 in.