BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
THE JAMES MARSHALL AND MARIE-LOUISE OSBORN
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTS
Sir Nicholas Bacon, Lord Keeper (1509-1579), The Recreacyons of
his Age. England; late sixteenth century, after 1587.
ff. 1-8 Recreacyons of His Age by Lord Keeper Bacon (23 poems).
ff. 9-10r A Prayer Made by Sir Nicholas Bacon, Knight, Lord Keeper
of the greate Seale of England.
f. 10v A Letter written by her majesty to Sir Amyas Paulet, Knight.
ff. 11-12r The arguments exhibited by the Lorde Keeper in parlyament
proving that noblemens persons be attachable for contempt comitted by
ff. 13-16 Address in Parliament concerning Mary Queen of Scots.
ff. 17-20 In the Star Chamber, 28 March 1587; a speech given by Sir
Walter Mildmay at the sentencing of Mr. Secretary Davison for his role
in the execution of Mary Queen of Scots.
Paper, with watermark of a pot, similar to Bricquet 12743 (Moscow,
1594). 20 ff. (foliated 160-179 in upper right corner); 295 x 200 mm.;
1 column, 33-36 lines.
I (12), II (8)
Cursive script. Several poems have a heading in a large, bold
gothic script. Unbound from a volume in which it had been bound by Dr.
From the libraries of Sir Henry Spelman (1564-1641), Dr. Cox
Macroe (1683-1767), and J. Hudson Gurney of Keswick Hall near Norwich.
Sold by Sotheby's in the DeCoppet Sale (4 July 1955) via Dobell to
James M. Osborn. Bequest of Mr. Osborn in 1976.
Comments: Sir Nicholas Bacon is the father of Francis Bacon. Until
recent times, his poetry was thought to have been lost, but in 1919
Henry Daniel printed his edition of these poems from a manuscript in
the possession of Rev. M. H. Marsden. One other manuscript of his poems
is contained in the Huntingdon Library.
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