Octavius, or A dialogue betwixt a Christian and an Infidel, from the original of M. Minutius Felix, with large annotations by William Cooke

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  • Reference
      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt 95
  • Dates of Creation
      ca. 1750
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 vol. (95 ff.), manuscript. Probably written in a single eighteenth-century hand, possibly autograph. Bound in boards with a gilt tooled leather spine and blue marbling on the outside. The annotations are written on pages facing the translated text to which they refer.

Scope and Content

Comprises an English translation from the original Latin, with much prose annotation by William Cooke and some English verse annotation, both by Cooke himself and also by other poets of the time, including Alexander Pope, Philip Francis, William Congreve, George Stepney, and Abraham Cowley.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Cooke (d. 1780), the numismatist, was vicar of Enford in Wiltshire and rector of Oldbury and Dedmarton in Gloucestershire. For further details see the Dictionary of National Biography.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Johnson's bookshop on 8 October 1992.


In English.

Other Finding Aids

The poems are indexed in the BCMSV database http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/bcmsv/bcmvlink.htm#bclt95