Commonplace Book

Scope and Content

Commonplace book in several hands, probably of Cambridge origin. The title on the spine is 'Epitaphia Carmina Epigram[m]ata & quaed[am] alia'. The volume contains extracts from Greek, Roman, French, Italian, Spanish, and English authors, epitaphs and commemorative verses, some humorous.

The sections are arranged under the following headings: Carmina Sententiae Proverbia; Facetiae; De rapina et homicidio; De legibus regnor[um] administratione; Amorosi; Monuments Funeralls Buriall; De anima et corpore; De Papistis et contra Papistas; De otioso; Emblemata et Symbola; Epigrammata; Historia; Anagrammata (including a verse against the Duke of Buckingham, 1628); Riddles; Epitaphia; Avaritia; and Observationes Scripturae.

There are epitaphs for Sir John Spencer, Sir Philip Sidney, 1st Earl of Dorset, Charles Chester, Mrs. Sucklinge, Sir John Borough (d.1595), Anne Kirton (d.1603), Lady Lake, Duke of Buckingham, Sir Stephen Some, 2nd Earl of Essex, Gustavus, King of Sweden (d.1632), Archbishop B[ancroft], Edmund Spenser, Mr. Prick a fellow of Christ's, Sir William Courten, John Hall 'the University Capper', Sir John Vele, Simon Sumter, Sir Henry Wotton, and Sir Walter Raleigh.

Administrative / Biographical History


Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1994.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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