Liber Caro, a diary of a tour through western Europe in 1611-1612, by Sir Charles Somerset

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      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Trv q 3
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      1 vol. ([iv], 179, [6]pp.), manuscript. Written in a single neat seventeenth-century hand with pagination throughout the main text and ruled lines around it. Bound in leather with rubbed gilt and decorated tooling including the initials "C S" on both outside covers and text and bibliographical notes in a different twentieth-century hand concerning Sir Charles Somerset on the inside back cover.

Scope and Content

Contains probably a nearly contemporary copy of the diary kept by Sir Charles Somerset of his tour through France, Italy, Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands between April 1611 and May 1612.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Charles Somerset (ca. 1588-1665), a son of the earl of Worcester, was an English Catholic courtier. The writer of this manuscript copy of his diary is unknown.

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Access is unrestricted.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Dawson's bookshop on 21 April 1976.


In English.

Other Finding Aids

See the edition of this manuscript by M.G. Brennan, cited below, pp.38-47.


See the edition of this manuscript by M.G. Brennan, The travel diary (1611-1612) of an English Catholic, Sir Charles Somerset, Leeds: the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, 1993.

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