Manuscript, on parchment, of Peter Idley's Instructions to his son, an adaptation
(ca. 1445-50) of Albertano of Brescia's treatises addressed to his own sons. The manuscript
was produced in England at the end of the fifteenth century and is written in anglicana
and secretary script.
Ex libris Thomas Dowse. Purchased at Sotheby's London sale, 2006 July 6, (lot 61)
for the James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection.
Idley's Liber Secundus, a separate poem, follows the Instructions on f. 31v.
Fragments of late thirteenth-century graded calendar used as pastedowns.
Numerous sixteenth-century ownership inscriptions of Thomas Dowse on flyleaves.
Verses from William Warner, Erasmus, and Shakespeare copied on flyleaves in sixteenth-century
Binding: contemporary white leather over wooden boards; spine sewn on five double
tawed leather thongs; remnants of clasp (three foliate metal pins) on upper cover.
Peter Idle, Instructions to His Son. James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection,
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Idley, Peter, d. 1474?
Conduct of life -- Early works to 1800.
Didactic poetry, English -- Early works to 1800.
English poetry -- Middle English, 1100-1500.
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Beinecke Library.