Of guardianship (1) / Francis Dickens

(old shelfmark **A.45.1) 

Author: Francis Dickens (d. 1755)
Language: English, with Latin
Origin: England, Cambridge
Date: 18th c., ca. 1705 -1755
Material: Paper. Watermark: crowned lion with wheat sheaf and taper within crowned circle, motto PRO PATRIA EIUSQUE UBE[. . . .] E (ca. 95 x 80 mm; this watermark occurs in other Trinity Hall MSS and in Cambridge, Trinity College, MS B.16.45)
Physical Description: i original flyleaf + 374 pages, 198 x 162 (unruled; ca. 190 x 140) mm, ca. 25 long lines
Rubric: Of Guardianship
Incipit: In General there are in ye Digest five titles concerning Guardianship
2o folio: the office of a
Explicit: (p. 367) Ideo, mater tale modo removeri nequit
Contents: pp. 1 – 367, Of Guardianship, vol. 1
Script: Cursive mixed hand
Scribe: Francis Dickens
Decoration: None
Provenance: Francis Dickens, (Fellow 1705 – d. 1755); his gift (‘I do desire yt ye few manuscript books I shall leave behind me on guardianship, marriage & ye nature of dominion or property etc may find a place in some remote corner of the College Library never to be taken out thence on any account whatever. F. D.’, inscription, fol. i recto)
Binding: 18th c., parchment over pasteboards, ‘Of Guardianship Vol. 1’ in ink on upper cover, edges speckled red
Notes: Almost all text on rectos only. Contents list in pencil, 19th / 20th cent., upper pastedown and fol. i recto. A piece of paper was once stuck across the upper pastedown and flyleaf with shellac sealing wax.
Bibliography: C. Crawley, Trinity Hall : the history of a Cambridge college, 1350-1992. 2nd ed., expanded by G. Storey. (Cambridge, 1992), 124

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