Transcript of the first edition of the book generally known as 'Leicester's Commonwealth'
MS. Add. A. 93
'The coppie of a letter written by a Maister of Arte of Cambridge ... about ... the Earle of Leycester, and his friends in England ... M.D.I.XXXIIII', a transcript of the first edition of the book generally known as Leicester's Commonwealth, written by Robert Parsons the Jesuit.
- written in or soon after 1584
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Add. A. 93, fols. 1-2]
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MS. Add. A. 93
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 18692
Transcript of the first edition of the book generally known as 'Leicester's Commonwealth', written in or soon after 1584.
Biographical / Historical
Robert Persons [Parsons] (1546–1610) was a Jesuit.
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. 28924.
'È coll: domini Somers ': owned next by sir Joseph Jekyll, in whose sale catalogue (1759) this book is no. 278: old marks are 'xJx', 'Pol. 29', 'a. 106', '9.' Perhaps this was no. 144 in the Bliss sale on Aug. 21, 1858, and bought by C. J. Stewart for 5s.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Bought from James Coleman (catal. 59, no. 198) on Nov. 23, 1867, for 10s. 6d.
7 3/4 × 6 3/8 in.
- Transcript of the first edition of the book generally known as 'Leicester's Commonwealth'
- EAD version 2020 by Pauline Soum-Paris
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