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Scope/Content: Manuscript. Several leaves torn or lost at an early date. Accompanied by envelope with 20th century owner's holograph notes; correspondence regarding the manuscript from the British Museum Department of Manuscripts, 1910; 20th century envelope with partially erased notes. These items are cataloged and housed separately. Spine slightly defective at one end. Scope/Content: Seventeenth century commonplace book containing poems, accounts, and agricultural notes. The majority of the items consist of poems mostly by relatively minor 16th- and 17th-cenutry English poets and include "Farewell ye gilded follyes, " which has been attributed variously; "The soules wish" by Josuah Sylvester; Arthur Warwick's poem beginning "A bubble broke, its air looseth;" and "A motto upon the creede" by Sir Thomas Wroth. Other text includes some very brief accounts and scribbles as well as excerpts from "Arnold's Chronicle" on the "Craft of gryffing and planting of trees." The book apparently belonged to a John Fabian, who inscribed the end flyleaf, though the name Thomas Rolf also appears below this inscription. Fabian's identity is unknown, though there were two contemporary graduates of Oxford and Cambridge by that name. Condition: Contemporary calf over wooden boards; covers blindstamped to give a pebble-grain effect; rounded spine; traces of metal clasps.
Commonplace books Notebooks Poems
32 leaves, bound ;8 cm x 6 cm.
On accompanying envelope: Gerald S. Howe, 33 Cornwall Road, Stroud-Green, 2 April 1910. On flyleaf: John Fabian his booke. On flyleaf: Thomas Rolf.