Modus tenendi parliamentu[m] apud Anglos [manuscript] / composed by Henry Ellsinge, clarke of the parliaments. A treatise of nobilitie in generall.
- [London?, ca. 1640-1660?]
276 leaves : paper ; 294 x 182 (Work 1, 239 x 115; Work 2, 223 x 120) mm. bound to 299 x 210 mm.
- England and Wales. Parliament -- Rules and practice.
Parliamentary practice -- England -- History -- 17th century.
Nobility -- Great Britain -- History.
Nobility -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Great Britain.
Manuscripts, English -- 17th century.
- English, with title of first work and numerous legal terms in both works in Latin.
- Two works concerning governance and law bound together. The first work is the first book of Henry Elsynge's treatise on parliamentary procedure, despite the caption title's assertion that the work is "in two bookes" (f. 2r). The treatise comprises eight chapters addressing summons, appearance, locus et modus sedendi, Parliament days, proxies, summonitionis causa, prolocutor domus communis, and receivers and triers of petitions. The second work is a treatise on nobility in English law and custom in six chapters, addressing topics such as the creation of titles, the inheritance of titles, laws concerning nobles in trials, the privileges of nobility, and the cessation or loss of nobility.
- 1. f.1r-139v: Modus tenendi parliamentum apud Anglos / Henry Ellsinge.
2. f.141r-276r: A treatise of nobilitie in generall.
- Ms. codex.
Title for manuscript from caption title of first work (f. 2r) and title page of second work (f. 141r)
Foliation: Paper, i + 276 + i; [1-144, 145-276 (contemporary foliation 1-132)]; modern foliation in pencil and contemporary foliation in ink (when present), upper right recto. Catchwords every page, lower right corner.
Layout: First work written in 24 long lines; second work written in 19-22 long lines.
Script: Written in cursive script by at least three different hands for the first work, table of contents for second work, and second work (f. 2r-139v, 142r-143v, 145r-276r). The hand of the second work is the latest of the three.
Binding: Contemporary calf and endpapers, rebacked in the 19th century (Christopher Edwards).
Origin: Written in England, perhaps London, in the mid-17th century (Christopher Edwards).
- Local notes:
- Lawrence J. Schoenberg & Barbara Brizdle Manuscript Initiative.
- Penn Provenance:
- Formerly owned by the Hickman family of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, probably Sir William Hickman (1629-1682), second baronet (armorial bookplate inside upper cover, Hickman Barrt., motto Toujours Fidelle).
Sold by Christopher Edwards (Wallingford, England), 2009.
- Cited as:
- UPenn Ms. Codex 1556
- Hickman, William, 1629-1682, former owner.
- Treatise of nobilitie in generall.
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