'The Triumphs of Man' is a manuscript commonplace book divided into themes with references tohymns and passages from the bible arranged under them. The themes began on numbered page 1 with'Beauty' and conclude on page 131 with 'Bastards eminent'. An index of themes appears at the back ofthe volume, while at the front there is a list of authors and titles appearing in the volume.
The binding of the volume bears the words 'Commonplace Book' on the spine and a coat of arms onthe cover with the motto in French, 'Honi soit qui mal y pense' [Evil to him who evil thinks], themotto of the Order of the Garter. The volume was once in the possession of the Dukes of Newcastle ofClumber, Nottinghamshire.