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'A briefe discoorse of the perfet composition of Imprese ...'

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MS. Eng. misc. e. 54
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'A briefe discoorse of the perfet composition of Imprese ...' with many drawings of examples from Italian Devices. The text beg. 'The makynge of Imprese is twoe manner of wayes especiallye, The one with oute Mottes, the other with Mottes'.

The treatise would appear to be a translation or adaptation from the Italian, and has no connexion with Henry Estienne's Art of making Devises, tr. into English (Lond. 1636, etc.)


  • Creation: Written about A.D. 1600


112 pages

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. misc. e. 54, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Eng. misc. e. 54

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 19670


'A briefe discoorse of the perfet composition of Imprese ...'

Biographical / Historical

Henry Estienne (1528-1598) was a printer and classicial scholar.

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. 35180

Custodial History

'North [?] Allen Grenaway his Booke 1659', written as reversed in a glass (p. iii): 'Ex Libris Johannis Miller An°. Dni. 1703, pret. 3'.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought from B. Dobell's catal. 187, art. 328, on Sept. 12, 1910.

Physical Facet

On paper


8 × 6 1/8 in.

'A briefe discoorse of the perfet composition of Imprese ...'
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Repository Details

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