‘Paradise of daynty devises’, compiled by Richard Edwards, 'copied in October 1798 from a MS. copy made by the late Mr Herbert, now in the Collection of Francis Douce Esqr., by John Brand, in Somerset House'. Edit


Component Unique Identifier
Level of Description


  • 1577. (Creation)


  • 150 Leaves (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Arrangement

    150 + several blank folios.

  • Scope and Contents

    There is one poem, 'Upon the Life and death of the noble Earle of Penbrooke', by W Hunnis (folio 39), which seems not to be in any of the surviving editions. After the copy of William Herbert's manuscript there are copies of other poems of the Paradise: numbers 36, 76, 80, and 118 of H E Rollins's edition (folios 113, 146-148).

    Interleaved with the volume there is a manuscript copy (folio 115) by Herbert (see folio ii) of Hew Rhodes, ‘Boke of nurture’, printed by Thomas Petyt, now in the Bodleian - see ‘The Babees Book’, edited by Frederick James Furnivall, ‘Early English Text Society’, Original Series, volume xxxii (1868), pages lxxxvi-lxxxvii.

  • Other Finding Aids

    Contains an alphabetical index (folio 145).

  • Custodial History

    The manuscript was formerly in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps.

  • Bibliography

    William Herbert's manuscript was probably taken from the 1577 edition, which has now disappeared.

    See ‘The paradise of dainty devices’, edited by H E Rollins (Cambridge, Mass., 1927), page xvi.

    'Catalogus Librorum Manuscriptorum in Bibliotheca D. Thomae Phillipps, Bt.' (1837-1871): manuscript 11776.