Document ReferencePw V 1
TitleMS commonplace book of Denzil Holles; n.d. [c.1558]
Date1558 (c)
Extent57 ff
Access ConditionsMicrofilm surrogate available - readers may be required to use the microfilm in the first instance.
Content DescriptionIndividual items in this volume are described under references Pw V 1/1-57.
Commonplace book of Denzil Holles as a young man, with miscellaneous literary and general entries. Subjects include: list of armour, military terms and equipment; astronomy; astrology; magical recipes and charms; household and medicinal recipes; travelling recommendations; list of heraldic devices; poems.

Date of 1558 is given on f 3v and was written when Denzel Holles was about 20 years of age.

For a detailed description and analysis of this book see Watson 'The Denzill Holles Commonplace Book...'.
ReprodnNoteVolumes from Pw V cannot be photographed by readers with their own camera or device, but reprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only.
Physical DescriptionQuarto volume
Text material on ff 1r-15v, ff 18r-20r, f 30r and f 57v. Modern foliation in pencil.
ConditionGood and clean
Descriptive FeaturesWatermark: Hand and Star with letters IB at the base of the hand, approx. 78 x 30 mm, similar watermark forms are found throughout; irregular chainlines approximately 25 mm apart.

One secretary script in brown ink throughout.

First half of 20th century plain vellum binding on pasteboard; upper and lower covers are blind tooled with double line fillet following the edges of the four outer borders; spine, stamped in black, reads 'COMMON-PLACE BOOK OF DENZIL HOLLES 1558'; this binding is similar to that in Pw V 2 executed by Birdsall of Northampton; an earlier binder gave the book front and back covers made from parchment leaves of an early music manuscript which now serve as flyleaves; two stubs of the same type of parchment are found between ff 7v-8 and also between ff 53v-54.
WatermarkHand and Star
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Publication NoteE.P. Watson, 'The Denzill Holles Commonplace Book: memoranda of a country gentleman, c. 1558, Nottingham University Lib. MS PV 1' in D. Williams (ed.), 'Early Tudor England: Proceedings of the 1987 Harlaxton Symposium' (The Boydell Press, Woodbridge; 1989), pp. 139-55

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA1133Holles; Denzel (c.1538-1590); of Irby, Lincolnshire; son of Sir William Hollesc.1538-1590
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