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Treatise on Illumination

Reference code
Treatise on Illumination
c. 1750
Level of description
Extent and format
Paper; ff. i + 21.
Marbled boards, spine mended in green. f. 4 Bookplate of the Rev. Charles Lyttelton, PSA, fol. i, who exhibited it, 9 Jan. 1766 (Minute Book X, p. 78).
Scope and content
'Directions How to make such coloured and Gilded Letters as are to be seen frequently in old Manuscripts. Transcribed out of an antient Manuscript in Biblioth. Covent. Clas: 2.lib. 5. By Mrs Eliz: Elstob. August 9th. 1710'.

This copy, c. 1750, is in the hand of George Ballard (1706-55) and transcribed from Mrs Elstob's MS formerly owned by him (now Bodl. Lib., MS Ballard 67, art. 4). Another copy by Ballard of the same text is Bodl. Lib., MS Douce 392. Mrs Elstob's source was a transcript, made 23 March 1690/1 by Humfrey Wanley (1672-1726) from a manuscript in Coventry School (in the library of King Henry VIII's school, Coventry, 1903; inf. Dr C. E. Wright), written by Robert Freelowe of London, 1525.

See Edward Bernard, Catalogi Librorum Manuscriptorum Angliae.. (1697), II, 33, no. 1459. For George Ballard see also MSS/0064.
Freelove, Robert (fl 1525-1536), Mercer of London and author
Elstob, Elizabeth (1683-1756), Anglo-Saxon scholar
Ballard, George (1706-1755), historian and antiquary
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Archival history
Lyttelton Bequest. Minute Book XI, 12 Jan.1769, p.8. Note, fol.1v, by the Rev. William Norris, Sec.SA.