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Notebook of William Lydyat of New College, Oxford, probably compiled between 1648 and 1661, containing copies of English and a few Latin verses, some of the English verses attributed to Thomas Randolph and John Suckling

 Single Item
MS. Don f. 37
Held at the Weston Library

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The notebook is filled in from both ends. Contents include:

  1. (fol. 2) autobiographical notes
  2. (fols. 23-28) notes on British history, in an unidentified hand
  3. (fols. 31v-29 rev.) copies of letters between ‘D.K.’ and ‘W.M.’, 1661
  4. (fols. 37-42) notes on ‘Occult Philosophy’, and astrology
  5. (fols. 42v-43, 45) aphorisms, fol.45v attributed to Suckling
  6. (fols. 50v-49 rev.) two elegies on Ben Johnson
  7. (fols. 84v-83 rev.) notes on ‘The power of Phantasie’ and ‘The Effects of supreme Joy’


  • Creation: c.1648-1661


86 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Don f. 37, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Don f. 37

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 20971


Notebook of William Lydyat of New College, Oxford

Biographical / Historical

No further information about William Lydyat is known.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought from Mr Roger Davidge and given to the Library by the Friends of the Bodleian, 1986.

Existence and Location of Copies

A photographic facsimile of the manuscript is available, see MS. Facs. c. 63.

Physical Facet

Contemporary blind-ruled calf, formerly with ties


Notebook of William Lydyat of New College, Oxford
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom