Commonplace book, chiefly of English poems

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  • Reference
      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt 15
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English Latin
  • Physical Description
      1 vol. ([5], 211, [3] pp.) Contemporary woodcut portrait of Christopher Helvicus is pasted on the back pastedown. The poems on pp.[66-73] are written sideways. Many headings and rulings in red. Poems on pp.168-[171] are written almost entirely in red, much faded. Bound in rough calf, front cover detached.

Scope and Content

Commonplace book, almost entirely of English verse and prose. Most poems are anonymous. Some prose tales, scenes from plays, and a few Latin lines. On p.211: "I ended this book Novr 13th 1723"; prose follows, apparently from "John Engelbracht of Brunswick", Vision of Heaven and Hell, and a prayer. There are some medical and other marginalia, some dated 1733, 1740-48.

Administrative / Biographical History

The compiler of this commonplace book is unknown

Access Information

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Peter Murray Hill Ltd., October 1958


In English and Latin

Other Finding Aids

The poems are indexed in the BCMSV database