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'Les Proverbes de Salomon escrites en diverses sortes de lettres par Esther Anglois Françoise'

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MS. Bodl. 990

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'Les Proverbes de Salomon escrites en diverses sortes de lettres par Esther Anglois Françoise. A Lislebourg en Escosse, 1599', the book of Proverbs in French, each chapter being written in a different calligraphic style with the greatest neatness; the pages also have borders, while smaller ornaments in imitation of printed devices abound.

The title is on p. vii; p. x bears an elaborate coat of arms of the earl of Essex, to whom the work is dedicated at p. xi on April 13, 1599. On pp. xiii-xvii are Latin poems to the earl of Essex by Andrew Melville, Robert Rollock, and John Johnston, to Esther Inglis and her book by Melville (three) and Johnston; her own portrait is on p. xv, and she contributes a short French prayer in verse, on p. 67. For Esther Langlois, Anglois, Inglis, or Kello (d. 1624), the known productions of her pen and a reproduction of her portrait and some verses (p. xv of the present volume), see the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, vol. vi (1868), pp. 284-309, notes by David Laing. See also MS. Bodl. 987.

On p. v is a memorandum about Esther Inglis and her descendants, written by Thomas Hearne and attested by Samuel Kello, her great-grandson, on Sept. 16, 1711.

Dates

  • Written in A.D. 1599 at Edinburgh by Esther Inglis

Extent

70 pages

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Bodl. 990, fols. 1-2]
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Shelfmark:

MS. Bodl. 990

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18128

Overview

'Les Proverbes de Salomon escrites en diverses sortes de lettres par Esther Anglois Françoise'

Biographical / Historical

Esther Inglis (1571-1624) was a calligrapher and miniaturist.

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. II, no. 3082

Custodial History

Manuscript 955 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Thomas Nevile, son of sir H. Nevile, in 1620.

Physical Facet

On paper, calligraphically written and illustrated, see below; binding, red leather with gold ornament, apparently Oxford work of about the third quarter of the 17th cent

Dimensions

7 3/8 × 5 1/8 in.
Title
'Les Proverbes de Salomon escrites en diverses sortes de lettres par Esther Anglois Françoise'
Status
Completed
Date
EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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