Translations by Thomas Tooly and John Ellis of some of the Basia or Kisses of Joannes Secundus, inserted on additional leaves into a printed edition of 1731

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  • Reference
      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt 88
  • Dates of Creation
      ca. 1731?
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English Latin
  • Physical Description
      1 vol. (xxxvi, [ii], 98 pp.), printed book, with 7 ff. of manuscript inserted. Finely bound in green morocco with gilt tooling on both outside covers and the spine, which bears the embossed title BASIA SECUNDI, and with fine marbling on both inside covers and endpapers; also, printed bookplates, including one on the inside front cover bearing the arms and name of a previous owner, namely, Hugh Reveley, L.L.B. of Christ Church Oxford. The format is duodecimo. The inserted manuscript leaves are written in a single eighteenth-century hand.

Scope and Content

Comprises a copy of Basia Joannis Secundi Nicolai Hagensis: or the kisses of Joannes Secundus Nicolaius of the Hague, in Latin and English verse, London, 1731, with ten English love poems by Thomas Tooly (eight) and John Ellis (two) inserted. The English poems include imitations of eight of Secundus's Basia, namely, numbers 3-6, 11, 13, 15, and 17.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Tooly (1688-1758) was a poet. John Ellis (1698-1790) was a scrivener and political writer, a member of Dr Johnson's circle.

Access Information

Access is unrestricted.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from J. and L. Hannas on 4 October 1957.


In English and Latin.

Other Finding Aids

The poems are indexed in the BCMSV database

Custodial History

At one time in the possession of Hugh Reveley, of Christ Church, Oxford