"Cinquant [sic] Octonaires sur la vanité et inconstance du monde, dediez a tresillustre seigneur le conte de Shrewsbury, pour ses estrennes l'an 1607", being a calligraphic copy of the verses by Antoine de la Roche Chandieu, first published anonymously in ‘Les Cantigues du Seigneur de Maisonfleur’. Edit




  • [1586, or before]-19th century. (Creation)


  • 96 Leaves (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Arrangement

    Bought, 1993.

  • Arrangement

    ii + 94 folios.

  • Scope and Contents

    The manuscript is written in a variety of calligraphic hands and is decorated throughout with paintings of flowers, birds and insects. The pages containing Octonaires XVII, XXXI and XXXVIII are missing. The original title page and the dedication to the Earl of Shrewsbury have been cut out and pasted onto the verso of folio i and the inside of the front cover respectively. There are a number of later drawings and notes, including records of births of members of the Mallone family, 1673-1713 (folios 37 verso, 39 verso), and the signatures of Robert John Allen, 18th century (folio 41 verso) and Susanna O'Neill, 19th century, (inside front cover and folio 32 verso).

  • Related Materials

    The manuscript is closely related to another manuscript written by Esther Inglis in the Royal Library, Windsor Castle (see 'Calligraphic manuscripts of Esther Inglis', pages 11-86).

  • Physical Description

    The volume was interleaved and rebound in the late 18th or early 19th century.

  • Bibliography

    Roche Chandieu, Antoine de la. ‘Les Cantigues du Seigneur de Maisonfleur’ (Paris, 1586). A H Scott-Elliot and Elspeth Yeo, 'Calligraphic manuscripts of Esther Inglis' in the ‘Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America’ LXXXIV (1990).