BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
THE JAMES MARSHALL AND MARIE-LOUISE OSBORN
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTS
[Babylon is Fallen]; a prose commentary on the Fourth Book of
Esdras, Chapter 11, dedicated to the second earl of Essex, Robert
Devereux. England; ca. 1595.
f. 1 Dedication to the Earl of Essex, Robert Devereux, 1566-1601.
Incipit: Reading of late (my Lord) a Chapter of Esdras.
f. 2-28 A commentary on 4 Esdras 11. Incipit: After this ther was
shewed me a vision.
Paper; 28 ff.; 225 x 157 mm. 1 column, approximately 26 lines.
I-VII (4). Catchwords on every verso.
Italic script. On f. 1, 5 lines of the text are indented to leave
place for an initial R, which has not been drawn in. Disbound.
From the library of James Yonge of Plymouth (1646-1721), a
collector of historical tracts.
Comments: This manuscript appears to be the author's working draft
and has many revisions and corrections. It was apparently first
published in 1595, but the earliest extant edition is from 1597; there
were reprints under various titles in 1610, 1614, and 1620. The text
interprets the apocalyptic vision in the eleventh chapter of 4 Esdras
in the light of contemporary politics and England's eventual triumph
over France and Spain.
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