St John's College K.16 (James 336)

Edward Forsett (?), 'Eloquentiae studiosis'. Latin, early seventeenth century


'Concio ad concionatores de coniungenda vitae sanctitate cum veri scientia / Munit qui monet' (fo. 1r), dedicated to the Master and Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge (fo. 2r). 'Eloquentiae studiosis' (fo. 6r). Main text ends at fo. 58r, with a postscript at fo. 59r. The author is probably Edward Forsett, of Trinity College (1553-1630). He refers to his own play Pedantius at fo. 7v, and this Latin comedy is attributed to Forsett by G. C. Moore Smith, Pedantius (1905), pp. xi-xx.

Manuscript extra information

192x155 mm. i+63 fos. On flyleaf in Thomas Baker's hand: 'Liber R. Goodwin' [probably Richard Goodwin, Fellow of St John's College (d. 1752)]. On verso of flyleaf in another hand: 'Eduardus Salmon D. D. dedit' [presumably the Fellow of Trinity, d. 1681]. In still another hand at centre of fo. 1r: 'Nomine prae-positus, nomen virtutibus aequat / Iudicii merito prae reliquis positus / Fore-sett by name equals his name in worth / Fitt to such wisdome was that name set forth', initialled ?H. B. College bookplate inside front cover.

A clean copy in a single hand. Paper, dated to 1603 by James. Original marbled paper covers rebound in half leather by Wilson of Cambridge, ?nineteenth century.