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Volume in several 17th-cent. hands

 Single Item
MS. Eng. misc. c. 139
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Volume in several 17th-cent. hands containing:

  1. (fols. 1, 19v-21) copies by William Crispe of verses and aphorisms, 1612
  2. (fols. 1-19, 21v-9) 'Matters of combat, 1609', including parts of books I and II of 'Questions of honor and armes' for which there is (fols. 2v-6) a detailed table of contents of nine books, copied by two hands before 1612
  3. (fols. 30-246) 'A discourse of the antiquitye, and offyce of the Lord Steward, Constable, and Earle Marshall of England', a collection of transcripts and papers, some of which were read by Sir Robert Cotton and William Camden before the Society of Antiquaries, and are included in Thomas Hearne, A collection of curious discourses (Oxford, 1720), copied by two scribes working in turns


  • Creation: 17th century


259 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. misc. c. 139, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Eng. misc. c. 139

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 11175



Biographical / Historical

Sir Robert Cotton (1571-1631), first baronet, was an English antiquary and politician. William Camden (1551-1623) was an English historian and herald. Thomas Hearne (bap. 1678-d. 1735) was an English antiquary and diarist.

Custodial History

Some owned by William Crispe, 1612 (signature, fol. 1); a-c foliated in a single series, and, with 37 leaves now missing before fol. 1, called 'M.S.S. Lib:/33', 17th cent.; later marked 'B 89/438', '7 J 2' and 'Her. 10' inside upper cover.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, P. J. and A. E. Dobell, cat. 80 (1928), 719.

Related Materials

Similar collections are in MS. Carte 107 and MS. Gough gen. top. 10.

Physical Facet

Calf, rebacked

EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom