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'Johannis Rossi Interioris Templi Socii Britannica, 1606'

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MS. Bodl. 573
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'Johannis Rossi Interioris Templi Socii Britannica, 1606.' This is a series of Latin elegiac poems on early British history (the first, De Albione, beg. 'Scotia ab antiquo); preceded by a prose dedication and poem to king James i. At p. 118 is 'Ad præsens tempus Apostrophe', a poem on the Gunpowder Plot (beg. 'Proh superos'), and at p. 149 a prose essay 'De fide & antiquitate huius historiæ Conclusio Apologetica', dated at end '10 Februarij . 1606.'

The whole of the poems appear to be in a clerk's hand, but almost all the rest to be the author's autograph. On the title is 'I do allowe this poeme to be imprinted Decem. 3, 1606. Owen Gwyn': the book however was not printed in England but, apparently from this MS., at Frankfurt in 1607, essay and all.


  • Creation: written in 1606 in England


184 pages

Language of Materials

  • Latin

Preferred Citation

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MS. Bodl. 573

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18422


'Johannis Rossi Interioris Templi Socii Britannica, 1606', written in 1606 in England

Biographical / Historical

John Rosse (fl. 1606).

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. V, no. 27648.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

A note by professor William Whiston, dated Dec. 12, 1715 (p. viii) states that 'This book was written, as I think, by my Great Uncle Mr. John Rosse, Brother to my Grandfather the Revd. Mr. Gabriel Rosse, Rector of Norton juxta Twycrosse in Leicestershire [1609-58]; where I was my self born', and offers the volume to Hearne or the Bodleian Library, to which Hearne, as his note attests, gave it up on, or shortly before, Dec. 17, 1715.

Physical Facet

On paper


8 3/4 × 7 in.

'Johannis Rossi Interioris Templi Socii Britannica, 1606'
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