Digital Scriptorium
New York, New York Public Library, Spencer Collection,  NYPL Spencer 014
Description: ff. iii + 53 + iii - Original calf, gold tooled. Back cover repaird, original cover laid on. - Written for John, first Baron Petre (1549-1613, created Baron Petre 1603). Sotheby's, 3 March 1924. Bought for Spencer in 1924. - Dictionary Catalog, Spencer Collection, 903. De Ricci, 1338. A.H. Scott-Elliot and E. Yeo, "Calligraphic Manuscripts of Esther Inglis (1571-1624): A Catalogue," The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America84 (1990), 10-86, no. 13.
Number of Parts: 1 - Number of Images Available: 0
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Language: English Country: England Century: 17th

Part 1: ff. 1-53v
Description: - Paper - 108 x 152 mm - Up to 20 long lines per page; most pages contain one verse of 8 long lines.
Country: EnglandCardinal point:
Region: City:
Assigned Date: s. XVII1/4Searchable Date Range: 1600 - 1625
Dated by scribe: YesInscribed Date: 1609, January 1
Document: NoNumber of Scribes: ;1
Scribe(s): Esther Inglis
Script: Calligraphic scripts, including rognosa, tagliata and French secretary
Artist(s): Esther Inglis
Figurative Decoration: Author portrait f. 2v. Border of title page inlcudes a bird.
Other Decoration: Each page of octonaries (except f. 4) decorated with painted flowers and fruit. Painted border with flowers around title page. Black initials throughout.
Notes: This manuscript of calligraphy is dated (ff. 1 and 2) 1 January 1609. Some notes in dossier place ms in England; other notes and Dictionary Catalog in Edinburgh. The dating clause on f. 2 reads: "Willingall Spayne, Ian. 1, 1609." Esther Inglis (1571-1624). Latin
Number of Texts: 1

Text 1: ff. 1-53
Author: Esther Inglis
Title: Octonaries upon the Vanitie and Inconstancie of the World
Language(s): English
Incipit: Octonaries upon the Vanitie and Inconstancie of the World writin and limd be Esther Inglis, the First of Ianuar, 1609. In all piety, vertue and trew nobility. To the right puissant and honnorable lord, my lord Peter etc. My lord, my humble duty...
Explicit: With bounteous blissings so prevent/My wants that I may live content. The End.
Notes: Esther Inglis was the daugher of Huguenots who fled France in 1574. She married Bartholomew Kello, a clerk, in or around 1596. She used the name Esther Anglois, Francoise, until 1504, and thereafter, Esther Inglis.