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Commonplace book of the rev. Lionel Day, rector of Whichford

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MS. Eng. misc. d. 47
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Commonplace book of the rev. Lionel Day, rector of Whichford:

  1. Fol. 5. extracts from Foxe's Book of Martyrs, 1583; Edw. Grimstone's History of Spain, 1612; the same author's History of the Netherlands, 1609, and his Inventory of France, 1607; sir Walter Raleigh's History of the World, 1614 (see fol. 4), and other works, arranged under such topics as 'Martirs and martirdome', 'appeales', 'antiquitas': an alphabetical index of the topics is given at fol. 3v
  2. Fols. 219, 399. theological extracts from stt. Jerome, Chrysostom and Bernard (see fol. 422v) in Latin, similarly arranged: an index of the topics is given at fol. 420: the first are Jesus Christus, senectus, episcopus: other theological notes occur on fol. 406
  3. Fol. 374. the like from Platina De vitis pontificum.

At fol. 413v is a 'noate of the [622] bookes which my brother Jhon Day [vicar of st. Mary the Virgin, Oxford, 1609-22] gaue unto my sonn Jhon Day': cp. fol. 424v. On fol. 425 the writer has entered the births of his children.


  • Creation: Written about 1628 by the rev. Lionel Day


439 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. misc. d. 47, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Eng. misc. d. 47

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 11814


Commonplace book of the rev. Lionel Day, rector of Whichford

Biographical / Historical

Reverend Lional Day (1570-1640) was a Church of England clergyman and fellow of Balliol college, Oxford.

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. 36199

Custodial History

'No. 35' and afterwards '26' in some collection. Came to 'sir Thos. Phillipps bart. ex dono Francisci Kyffin Lenthal arm., August, 1868', and was MS. 24043 in his library. Lot 431 in the Phillipps 1899 sale when it was bought by Henry Gray, bookseller.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Afterwards purchased by Joseph J. Green of Godwyn Lodge, Hastings, who sold it to the Bodleian, Feb. 15, 1913.


These genealogical entries have been printed by the vendor, mr. Joseph J. Green, in an article on 'The family of John Day, the printer of the Reformation' published in the Pedigree Register, vol. ii, p. 258. The MS. of that article, presented by the author, Feb. 21, 1913, with a letter from him, has been inserted at fol. 426.

Physical Facet

On paper


11 3/4 × 8 in.

Commonplace book of the rev. Lionel Day, rector of Whichford
EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
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