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Manuscript Microcosmographie by John Earle

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MS. Eng. e. 3868
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Manuscript fair copy of John Earle's Micro-cosmographie or, a Peece of the World discovered; in Essayes and Characters lacking title and written probably before 1625. It is one of the copies referred to by Edward Blount in the preface to the anonymous first edition of 1628. Fols 111-280 are blank.

The manuscript differs from the 17th-century editions of the work having only 45 Characters described in a different order. Another manuscript, MS. Eng. misc. f. 89, bequeathed to the Bodleian by E. H. W. Meyerstein has 51 characters. Both are thought to be autographs.


  1. (p. 1) A Childe
  2. (p. 3) A younge rowe Preacher
  3. (p. 6) A graue Divine
  4. (p. 9) A meere dull Physitian
  5. (p. 12) An Alderman
  6. (p. 14) A Disconte[n]ted Man
  7. (p. 16) The singing men in Cathedrall Curches [sic]
  8. (p. 18) An Antiquary
  9. (p. 21) An Atturny
  10. (p. 23) A younger brother
  11. (p. 26) A mere formall Man
  12. (p. 28) A Church Papist
  13. (p. 30) A selfe=conceited Man
  14. (p. 33) A Taverne
  15. (p. 36) A downeright Scholler
  16. (p. 40) A too idle reserved Man
  17. (p. 42) A sharke
  18. (p. 45) A carrier
  19. (p. 47) A Constable
  20. (p. 48) A Detractour
  21. (p. 51) A Plodding Student
  22. (p. 53) An Old Colledg[e] Butler
  23. (p. 56) A mere yongue [sic] Gentleman of the Vniversiyy
  24. (p. 59) A plaine Countryman
  25. (p. 63) An Vpstart fond Knight
  26. (p. 65) A plausible Man
  27. (p. 67) A Catch=pole
  28. (p. 69) A Criticke
  29. (p. 70) A Pot=poet
  30. (p. 73) A partiall Man
  31. (p. 75) A Trumpeter
  32. (p. 77) A Chirurgian
  33. (p. 80) A she-puritane
  34. (p. 85) A Cooke
  35. (p. 87) A Hostesse handsome
  36. (p. 88) A Baker
  37. (p. 89) A Player
  38. (p. 92) A shop-keeper
  39. (p. 94) A Bowling alley
  40. (p. 96) An Herald
  41. (p. 98) A Tobacco=Seller
  42. (p. 99) A Dunkirke
  43. (p. 101) Paules Walke
  44. (p. 104) A pretender to Learning
  45. (p. 107) A blunt Man


  • Creation: before 1625


280 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. e. 3868, fols. 1-2].

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MS. Eng. e. 3868

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 9551


Manuscript Microcosmographie by John Earle

Biographical / Historical

John Earle (1598-1665) graduated from the University of Oxford in 1619 and became its Proctor in 1631. He was consecrated Bishop of Worcester in November 1662 and Bishop of Salisbury ten months later. For further biographical details see Dictionary of National Biography.

Custodial History

The manuscript was previously in personal possesion of A. Almack F.S.A. (small handwritten label), V. Almack (small handwritten label), Clive Coates of Helperby, Yorkshire (monogram label of CC) and Bent Juel Jensen (exlibris).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought from Bernard Quaritch, 1 Aug. 1989.

Related Materials

The Bodleian holds another manuscript of the same work (MS. Eng. misc. f. 89).

Physical Facet

Binding: full calf with tooled borders

Manuscript Microcosmographie by John Earle
EAD version 2018
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom