Tunstall 1522 by Thomas Smith

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Cuthbert Tunstall, Cambridge, 1522/10/14

Tunstall 1522 by Thomas Smith
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  15189
TitleTitel of the book. De arte supputandi
AuthorAuthor of the document. Cuthbert Tunstall
Printer or PublisherPrinter or Publisher of the publication.  Richard Pynson
Publication dateDate when the publication was issued: day - month - year . October 14, 1522 JL
InstitutionName of Institution. Cambridge, Queens' College
InventoryInventory number. D.1.38
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution. Cambridge 52° 12' 19.91" N, 0° 7' 7.19" E
AnnotatorName of Person who annotated. Sir Thomas Smith
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation.
LiteratureReference to literature. Burnett - Simpson - Thorpe 2017, pp. 113-4, 1331, Burnett 2020b, p. 242
External LinkLink to external information, e.g. Wikpedia  https://idiscover.lib.cam.ac.uk/permalink/f/1nnjft8/44CAM ALMA21415624770003606
KeywordNumismatic Keywords 
Grand documentOriginal passage from the "Grand document".

'Smith's own copy of Tunstall (the 1522 edition) is among his books still preserved today in Queens' College Library. He mad manuscript notes in this copy, which again enable us to see him at work. On one occasion, we can trace Smith's procedure from his annotations in Tunstall, via his notebooks in Queens', to the text of OWRF. We can trace the process by which he built up his work, gradually adding more information, including some from Budé. Tunstall:

Apud Romanos, dum floreret imperium: auri libra nummos aureos quadragenos octonos capiebat: quoru' singuli valebant denarios vicenos quinos. Ex his aurei quator unciam pendebant... (and later) apud nostrates Anglos: quoru' aurei quator, quos Nobiles Rosatos vulgo voca't
("among the Romans, when the empire was flourishing, a pound of gold contained 48 aurei, each one of which was worth 25 denarii ... among our English ones, of which four aurei, which are commonly called Rose Nobles.")

In the margins, Smith has made various annotations:

libra Ro. 48 ryalls co'p'hendebat ("the Roman pound is comprised of 48 ryalls")
uncia 4o ryalls ("the uncia 4 ryalls")
Aure' au' [? - looks like "the" but cannot be right] ryall et co'plectitur .25. denarios ("[ ] ryall and embraces 25 denarii")
and later: Nobiles Rosati.'

(Burnnet - Simpson - Thorpe 2017, p. 113)


  1. ^  Burnett, A.M., R. Simpson, & D. Thorpe (2017) Roman Coins, Money, and Society in Elizabethan England. Sir Thomas Smith's On the Wages of the Roman Footsoldier, Numismatic Studies 36, New York, American Numismatic Society.
  2. ^  Burnett, Andrew M. (2020), The Hidden Treasures of this Happy Land. A History of Numismatics in Britain from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, BNS Special Publ. No 14 = RNS Special Publ. No 58, London, Spink & Son.