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'The century [of] books printed at Oxford'

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MS. Eng. hist. c. 57
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'The century [of] books printed at Oxford': a political lampoon consisting of the titles of one hundred fictitious books, many of which are of a scurrilous character, directed against prominent contemporary statesmen and courtiers.

On the last page is a forged imprimatur dated Sept. 19, 1667. An earlier (1666) edition of this pasquinade has since been presented to the Library (MS. Eng. hist. e. 87)..


  • Creation: Written in 1667


10 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. hist. c. 57, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Eng. hist. c. 57

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 11723


'The century [of] books printed at Oxford'

Biographical / Historical

Biographical details unknown.

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. VI, no. 35579

Custodial History

Bought by sir Thomas Phillipps from Thomas Thorpe's 1834 catalogue, art. 127, and numbered 13966 in his library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

It was lot 5 in messrs. Hodgson & co.'s auction sale, Oct. 31, 1912, where it was bought for the Library through Bertram Dobell.

Physical Facet

On paper


13 × 8 1/8 in.

'The century [of] books printed at Oxford'
EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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