Codices. Notes. Manuscripts, English -- 16th century. Manuscripts, Renaissance.
Printed text in Latin, French and English; notes in French.
Printed text of the Magna Charta, etc., interleaved with manuscript notes attributed to William Ellis.
Ms. codex. Title from t.p. of printed text (recto of first leaf of printed text). Publication information taken from colophon (f. r of printed text). Printed text dated 1587 (t.p. and colophon). Manuscript note on recto of first manuscript leaf: "This Book is Enterleaved with the Notes of Sr. Wm. Ellis, who was made a judge in the Co. Pleas in Aprill 1679 and who was Supersseeded in 1687." There is also a manuscript notation by a later owner, dated 1725, on the t.p. of the printed text. Notes written in a small cursive hand. In addition to the interleaved notes, the printed text is covered with marginal notes in the same hand or hands. Printed text is 8vo (15 cm.). Manuscript leaves are 17 cm. No overall pagination or foliation. Printed text foliated in upper right corner of each recto: [i-viii] (unnumbered), , 2-250, [251-252]. No pagination or foliation of the manuscript text. Modern parchment binding. Many leaves brittle; fraying and splitting at the edges. The first manuscript leaf is torn and is missing a piece. Text written out to the edges of the manuscript leaves, leaving little or no margin; this appears to have caused some slight loss of text due to fraying of the edges. Some stains and smudges; some oxidation of ink.
Provenance: Thomas Phillipps (note inside front flyleaf: Phillipps Ms. 17231); Robert Dechert (given to him by his mother-in-law, Mrs. Helen Godey Wilson, as a Christmas present: dedicatory poem from her to Dechert was laid into the item and now is on file in the Library, together with a clipping from a dealer's catalog and some notes by Dechert dated 1972). Gift of Robert Dechert, ca. 1972.