Commonplace Book

  • Reference
      GB 133 Eng MS 410
  • Dates of Creation
      17th to 18th Century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      146 x 90 mm. 1 volume (72 folios); Binding: original full limp parchment.  text block now detached from covers.

Scope and Content

Commonplace book containing many poems, proverbs, quotations from classical and modern authors etc. Items include a poem on the death of William Branthwaite (1563-1619), Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University; the King's speech in Parliament, 1 May 1641; and 'The Fairy Queen'.

Access Information

The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by the John Rylands Library from the bookseller J.E. Cornish in June 1926.


Description compiled by Henry Sullivan, project archivist.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued in the Hand-List of the Collection of English Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, 1928 (English MS 410).