File NLW MS 21753B. - Sir Thomas Hanmer's 'Garden book'

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NLW MS 21753B.


Sir Thomas Hanmer's 'Garden book'


  • [1650x1664] (Creation)

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141 ff. (ff. 7-75 verso have old pagination 1-138; ff. 117-36 verso blank) ; 190 x 140 mm.

Contemporary calf binding, rebacked. Gilt panels, title 'OF FLWERS [sic] MSS.', and crest of the Bunbury family of Stanney Hall, Cheshire, on spine.

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Sir Henry Bunbury married Susannah, granddaughter of Sir Thomas Hanmer. Book-plate of C. R. Richmond, [late 19 cent.- early 20 cent.], inside front cover.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Bernard Quaritch Ltd.; London; Purchase; 1981

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Scope and content

(i) An autograph draft of Sir Thomas Hanmer's 'Garden Book' (ff. 7-87 verso), which appears to be an earlier draft than either Bettisfield 1667 or the 'MS volume of 1659' from which the 'Garden Book' was first printed with an introduction by E. S. Rohde in 1933. Its condensed style contrasts with the more detailed and formal text of the printed edition. It ends with an index of plants mentioned in the text (ff. 83-87 verso). (ii) A text of Edward Norgate's treatise 'An Exact and Compendious Discourse concerning the Art of Miniature or Limming ...' (ff. 89-116 verso), in the hand of Sir Thomas Hanmer, dated 15 February 1663/4. This text shows much variation from that of the only printed edition, based on Bodleian Tanner MS 326 [ed. Martin Hardie, 'Miniatura; or, the art of limning' (Oxford, 1919)]. Hanmer's abbreviated text ends at the foot of p. 70 of Hardie's edition. Hardie lists eight other manuscripts. (iii) Notes in Latin on Aristotle's 'Rhetorica' (ff. 2-6, and inverted text ff. 140 verso-141 verso); 'Notae Grammaticales' (inverted text ff. 137-138 verso); fragments of English prose, one beginning 'Freindsheep has this in it ...' (inverted text, inside back cover and f. 140); all in later hands of seventeenth century.

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  • English
  • Latin

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English, Latin.

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Finding aids

The contents of NLW MSS 21701-22852 are indexed in greater detail in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, vol. 8 (Aberystwyth, 1999).

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 21753B.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH.


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  • English



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