Cambridge Student's Commonplace Book

Scope and Content

A Cambridge student's commonplace book, written in four hands after 1624, 71 folios: (fos 1-66) various ballads, verses, poems and epitaphs, some of which have been printed; (fo. 66v) 'London 1868'. Attached to a flyleaf at the end are 19th century notes by F.W. Cosens on the contents. The bookplate of F.W. Cosens also appears inside the front cover.

Administrative / Biographical History


Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Bequeathed by Samuel Sandars, 1894.


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

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue. A detailed description is also available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Custodial History

The book was bought by F.W. Cosens from M. Burton of Ashton-under-Lyne in 1874. It was purchased from him by Samuel Sandars in 1890.

Corporate Names