St John's College S.34 (James 425)

Alexander Bolde, Commonplace. English and Latin, c. 1620 and after.

Alexander Bolde, Fellow of Pembroke College from 1610 (d. 1625): a collection of themes, Latin and English verses, Latin letters, speeches, medicinal recipes, epigrams and anecdotes on religious themes (the latter in a less careful hand). From end of vol., in another hand, 'notes out of [Richard] Vines his funerall serm[on] for [Robert Devereux, 3rd earl of] Ess[e]x'. Essex died in 1646. The donor, Thomas Baker, identifies Bolde at fo. 14r. See K. M. Burton, 'Cambridge exercises in the seventeenth century', The Eagle 54 (1951), 248-58.

Manuscript extra information

190x150 mm. 78 fos (not foliated). Formerly at least three further folios, now excised. At fo. [1] 'Tho: Baker Coll: Jo: Socius eiectus'. At fo. [22v], upside-down and in another hand: 'John / Wils / here / Joh'. Small College bookplate (eighteenth century) inside front cover.

Apparently autograph (main hand). Paper. Limp vellum binding, the stitching rather worn and weak.


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