BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 195 England, 1576-1579/80
Account book, being a record of Stiffkey mill belonging to
Nathaniel Bacon (1546?-1622) for the time period 8 December 1576-
1579/80. Contains weekly statements of George Brigges, John Wilson,
Thomas Shorten, William Fether, Robert Merkyn, and Henry Corye.
A. Hassell Smith, ed., The Papers of Nathaniel Bacon of
(Norwich, 1979) pp. xxxi, 238.
Paper (watermarks: unidentified pot), ff. vi (paper) + i
(parchment of the 13th century) + 21 + i (parchment of the 13th
century) + x (paper), ca. 305 x 205 mm. Tabular format.
Collation impossible due to tight binding.
Written by several individuals in informal cursive scripts.
Most folios are wrinkled, torn; some have been mended.
Binding: s. xix. Half green goatskin with green cloth sides, gold-
and blind-tooled. Leaves of a didactic theological text (Germany, s.
XIII^^med) bound at beginning and end; probably a bifolium. Parchment;
291 x 196 (220 x 155) mm., 2 columns, 43 lines; double outer, single
inner vertical bounding lines, ruled in lead; prickings (slashes) in
upper, lower, and outer margins. Written above top line in a small
gothic bookhand. Initials in red or green with penwork designs of the
other color. Stained, but with little loss of text.
Written in England 1576-1579/80; the signature of Nathaniel Bacon
appears in several places, apparently as examiner of entries. Part of
lot 300, Sotheby's, 19 Dec. 1911. Purchased from Tregaskis in 1913 by
Philadelphia jurist Samuel W. Pennypacker; his note, dated December
1913, on first flyleaf: "From 1740 to 1865 four generations of my
forefathers in the paternal line were millers. Therefore the record of
a mill, kept in 1577 by the brother of Lord Verulam the great
Chancellor, and carrying us through its manuscript binding into the
more distant past, finds its place at Pennypacker's Mills on the
Perkiomen [creek in Southeastern Pennsylvania]." Presented to Yale in
1955 by Mrs. Leonard Bacon.
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 39, no. 195.
Barbara A. Shailor