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A Common Place Book of Edward Pudsey

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MS. Eng. poet. d. 3
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A Common Place Book of Edward Pudsey, containing extracts in verse and prose from English writers and translators (historians, dramatists, poets, etc.) of the late 16th and early 17th centuries, apparently written between 1600 and 1615: among the authors cited are the following (out of about thirty, besides anonymous pieces):

  1. Bacon, Francis, viscount St. Alban's (fols. 31, 64v)
  2. Chapman, George (fol. 41)
  3. Decker, Thomas (fols. 42v, 80)
  4. Harvey, Gabriel (fol. 22)
  5. Jonson, Ben (fol. 39v)
  6. Lilly, John (fol. 86v)
  7. Marston, John (foll. 40v, 41v)
  8. Middleton, Thomas (fols. 80, 86)
  9. Nash, Thomas (fol. 21)
  10. Shakespeare, William (fols. 41, 86v). These are stated to be the first known manuscript quotations from any of Shakespeare's Plays
  11. Sidney, sir Philip (fols. 1, 73)
  12. Tourneur, Cyril (fol. 80v)

On fol. 1r is 'Jesu esto mihi Jesus. Edward Pudsey's Booke', and '1600.' Entries on fol. 84 show that in 1615-6 the volume was owned by -- Bassett. Fols. 86-88 which had become detached from the MS. before the Bodleian bought it were presented on Nov. 22, 1889, by mr. Ernest E. Baker, see the correspondence at fols. 90-104.


  • Creation: Written about A.D. 1600-1615


104 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. poet. d. 3, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Eng. poet. d. 3

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 20110


A Common Place Book of Edward Pudsey

Biographical / Historical

Edward Pudsey (fl. 1600-1615).

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. 30049

Custodial History

Owned by Richard Savage (see two letters from him, Sept. 1889, at fol. 97) about 1887, when he published his Shakespearean Extracts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

At the Neligan sale on Aug. 2, 1888 (lot 1098, but not a Neligan book), it was purchased by J. O. Halliwell Phillipps (see his note on fol. ii), at the sale of whose books on July 4, 1889 (lot 1257), it was bought by the Bodleian for £12.

Physical Facet

On paper, binding, green morocco with gold ornament (1888 or 1889)


9 1/4 × 7 1/8 in.

A Common Place Book of Edward Pudsey
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