Literary, political and household commonplace, c. 1650:
198x150 mm. ii+176+i fos. 128r-137v blank. The three principal contents are listed at fo. ii in Thomas Baker's hand. The initials I. G., presumably for John Grocer, are stamped on cover front and rear. Inside front cover: 'Beinge Boughte of Joh Grocer 1617 unwritten', and 'Visus: Seeinge / Olfactus: Smellinge / Tactus: Toucheinge / Gustus: Tastinge / Auditus: Hereinge'. A John Grocer matriculated from Christ's College, Cambridge, c. 1595. At fo. i: 'Eliabet my kind love remembred unto you and I', and also the signature of Samuel Newton (d. 1718), mayor of Cambridge and a prominent antiquary, whose papers descended to Thomas Baker and are for the most part now in the British Library. Also '7x12x68' cancelled. The author of this volume is presumably the unidentified owner who acquired it from John Grocer, the MS passing subsequently into Newton's hands and thence to Baker.
Single hand throughout. Paper. Binding of leather on boards repaired by David English of Messrs Gray, Dec. 1972.