BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 89 England, 1562
Carta de foresta, etc.
1. ff. 1r-9v blank; f. 10r [Title page:] Here begynnethe the Booke
named Carta Foreste. 1562. [ff. 10v-13v blank; text ff. 14r-77v;
running title on f. 14r:] Forest. What thing dothe make a forest, and
how a forest is made...[text:] The wourdes be. Omnes fforeste etc. Now
it is to be seen what thing is a fforest...and what thinges do make a
forest, and who may make a fforest...[f. 77v] the lawe will suffer him
after the quantitie of his tenure or grant to us to witt.
A collection of hunting and forestry laws that predates but is
similar to those published by John Manwood, A Brefe Collection of the
Lawes of the Forest (London, 1592) and A Treatise and Discourse of the
Lawes of the Forrest...(London, 1598). The writer of MS 89 has left
certain portions blank (e. g., ff. 71v, 73r-v) perhaps intending to
make later additions. The arrangement of the contents is as follows:
Forest, Disaforestacion, Justices, Sommons, Sessions, Purpresture,
Assarte Waste, Disafforestacion, Purraylley, Regardours, Regarde,
Distresse, Forresters, Swanymote, Attachementes, Verdor, Agistement,
Pawnage, Fforfeyture, Chasing, Enditementes, Fynes, Rawnsom,
Abiuracion, Beastes, Noysaunce, Hawkes, Bees, Hony, Forester of fief,
Chiminage, Outelawrye, Suerties, Plees, Verte, Venyson, A warren;
Swanimote: The Charge of the Swanymotte, For the verte, For the
venyson (2 sections). The material on ff. 74r-78v is another version of
that found in Beinecke MS 88, ff. 46v-57v.
2. ff. 78r-85v Collection of extracts, in Latin, all concerning laws
of forest. Includes: (ff. 78v-80v) Assisa fforeste [SR, v. 1, pp. 243-
45]; (ff. 82v-84v) Statuta de addicionibus fforeste tempore Edwardi
primi anno Regni sui xxiiij^^to [sic] [SR, v. 1, pp. 147-49].
Paper (watermarks: unidentified pot), ff. i (contemporary
parchment stub) + xiv (i and ii glued together) + 72 (contemporary
foliation; modern foliation includes paper flyleaves) + xvi (xv and xvi
glued together) + 1 (contemporary parchment stub), 300 x 215 (215 x
128) mm. Written in ca. 29 long lines; frame-ruled in ink, with an
additional vertical line in left margin to form column for annotations.
Written in a well formed chancery hand by a single scribe (see
Binding: s. xvi. Endleaves reinforced with vellum, two leaves
originally pasted to each board. Sewn on five single, tawed skin thongs
laced into paste boards rounded on the outside of the spine edge.
Beaded endbands sewn on leather or cane cores but not laced to boards.
The spine is square, with traces of adhesive. Covered in dark brown
calf, blind-tooled with a triple line border and a small central
ornament. Two ribbon fastenings, now wanting. Leather broken at joint,
Written in England in 1562 by John Thatcher, who wrote an
inscription on f. 1r: "Leonardus danet emitor/ a me Johanne Thatcher/
Londinensi vicesimo primo/ die mensis martij anno domini/ .1562./
Precio xxs." Collection of Reginald Rawdon Hastings, Esq. (Historical
Manuscripts Commission, Report on the Manuscripts of the Late Reginald
Rawdon Hastings, v. 1 [London, 1928] p. 432; on the Hastings family and
collection, see Guide to British Historical Manuscripts at the
Huntington Library [San Marino, 1982] pp. 78-81). Listed in Maggs Cat.
577, no. 1476, with pl. 32 of f. 60v.; and Maggs Cat. 680 (1939), no.
92, with plate of f. 60v facing title page. Purchased from H. P. Kraus
by David Wagstaff (bookplate). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David Wagstaff in 1944.
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 28, no. 89.
M. G. Wynne, "The Wagstaff Sporting Books and Manuscripts,"
Gazette 20 (1945) p. 11.
Barbara A. Shailor