St John's College K.46 (James 355)

Collection of Astrological calculations. English and Latin, sixteenth century


A collection of astrological calculations, nativities and rules by which the future may be divined, sixteenth century. There are some verses at fos [1r], [1v] and [5r], the second acknowledging a book ('The lovynge booke which you have sent ...'), the third two verses from a poem on Jason and Medea ('Many a lady that was full fayer / thoroughe love hathe lost her chef delight').

Manuscript extra information

210x160 mm. Unfoliated, c. 94 fos. On a new flyleaf at end a cutting from a printed catalogue of Messrs Baynes & Son of Paternoster Row, pasted in: '77 ASTROLOGICAL Treatise, containing Nativities, Judgments, Calculations etc. etc. an old MS 4to'. Also a stamped roman numeral CXLI, probably from the original paper cover, with the legend beneath in a nineteenth-century hand: 'formerly No. 141 of the library of Dr Adam Clarke'. The MS was bought from Baynes by J. Lee of Doctors' Commons. A subsequent cutting from another printed catalogue is pasted inside the front cover. In this, the MS - item 91 -  is offered for sale at 18s.

Perhaps a single hand throughout. Paper. Original paper covers, rebound in quarter leather with marbled boards Dec. 1836. 'No 29/103 London'.