Collection of prophecies
MS. Ashmole 1835
Collection of prophecies, in English and Latin, 16th and 17th cent., partly in the hand of Elias Ashmole, including:
- Fols. 1-31. 'A prophecie taken out of divers authours' (another copy is MS. Ashmole 1386, pp. 245-96)
- Fols. 37-69. 'The whole prophesies of Great Britaine', copied from a late 17th-cent. edition of The whole prophecies of Scotland, England, France (cf. Wing W2060-2) with corrections inserted from a manuscript version (fol. 39v)
- Fols. 70-85. a record of visions by Andrew Humfrey, 1625-8
- Fols. 90-3. notes of a prophecy written in Welsh, found and translated by David Powell, 1587
- Fols. 101, 94-100. 'The prophesie of Merdyhn: al[ia]s: Merlynus Ambrosius'
- Fols. 118-38. a copy (pages mutilated) of Gregor Jordan, Prophetiae seu vaticinia XIIII tabellis expressa de horrendis calamitatibus orbi terraru[m] impendentibus, [Cologne] 1591. Verse in Crum.
- 16th-17th century
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Ashmole 1835, fols 1-2].
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MS. Ashmole 1835
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 16192
Collection of prophecies, in English and Latin, 16th and 17th cent., partly in the hand of Elias Ashmole.
Biographical / Historical
Elias Ashmole was born (1617) and educated at Lichfield. He began his career as a solicitor, but in 1644 entered the service of the Crown as a commissioner of excise. It was his marriage with Lady Mainwaring in 1647 which enabled him to indulge his tastes in alchemy and astronomy. These and other interests led him to form a wide circle of friends, some of whom bequeathed to him valuable manuscript collections (see Scope and Content). Ashmole had entered the Office of Arms as Windsor Herald after the Restoration, but about 1672 he retired on a pension, which he enjoyed until his death in 1692. The foundation of his Museum at Oxford was made possible by his acquisition by bequest from his friend John Tradescant of a large collection of 'curiosities'. They arrived when the building was ready in 1683. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.
Other Finding Aids
M. Clapinson and T. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991). Vol. 1, no. 37784.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Bought from E. G. Percy, 1919.
19th-cent. calf, with clasps, in 17th-century style.
- Collection of prophecies
- EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
- Language of description