Monthly Archives: June 2013

Daily (?) Captain Cox–“Book of Riddels” and “Seven Sororz of Wemen”

The extreme rarity / unavailablity of the following two entries made a variation in format seem advisable   8)   PEDIGREES:   BOOK OF RIDDELS — Mr. Furnivall reports not having seen a copy of this book personally, and being unable to access the copies known by another scholar to exist.       Printings were […]

Daily (?) Captain Cox–“The Hundred Merry Tales”

Pedigree:  “A C. (Hundred) Mery Talys” was printed in 1526 by Johannes (John) Rastell.    There is a surviving, whole copy of this edition, edited by Dr. Herman Oesterly .     Other printings are known but surviving copies are imperfect or fragmentary.      The author is unknown / anonymous.    This is the […]

Daily (?) Captain Cox–“The Booget (Budget) of Demaunds”

Pedigree:   It’s complicated. Mr. Furnivall presents three possible “candidates” for this work, since no copy of such a book by this name is recorded.   I have seen a contemporary reference to “The Budget of Demaunds”, in a list of books gentlemen shared / read out to pass the time.    However, Furnivall makes no […]

Daily (?) Captain Cox — “Castle of Love”

Pedigree:   This book is a translation into English (by John Bourchier, Lord Berners ) from (according to the U. Sheffield info page below) a French translation of a Spanish book,  “Carcel de amor” (Prison of Love), by Diego de San Pedro, originally written in 1492.    Bourchier’s translation dates from circa 1526-1533.      The […]

Daily (?) Captain Cox–“Julian of Brainford’s Testament”

Pedigree:      Furnivall cites two known printings of  “Jyl of Breyntford’s testament”,   both printed by William Copland, dated (estimate) to the mid-1560’s.     This is another poetic work by Robert Copland, William’s father or brother. Synopsis:     This is a satirical “last will and testament”, one of apparently a number of such […]

Daily (?) Captain Cox — “The Hy-Way To The Spitl-House”

Pedigree:    In his transcription for “Remains of Early Popular Poetry”,   W.C. Hazlitt  transcribes the printer’s mark from the surviving copy of this booklet in rhyme:   “Enprynted at London in the Fletestrete at the rose garland by Robert Copland”.      There is no date.     However, Robert Copland is believed to […]