Proofs of illustrations for Speed 1611 - London, Society of Antiquaries - MS 116

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Proofs of illustrations for Speed 1611 - London, Society of Antiquaries - MS 116
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  15254
TitleTitel of the book. Proofs of illustrations for Speed 1611
InstitutionName of Institution. London, Society of Antiquaries
InventoryInventory number. MS 116
AuthorAuthor of the document.
Publication dateDate when the publication was issued: day - month - year .
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution. London 51° 30' 26.41" N, 0° 7' 39.54" W
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation. John Speed, Robert Bruce Cotton
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  Engraved Plates , Proofs
LiteratureReference to literature. Speed 16111, Burnett 2020b, pp. 150-1, 166-7, 173-4, 185-6, 191, 2402
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence
External LinkLink to external information, e.g. Wikpedia
Grand documentOriginal passage from the "Grand document".

'SAL MS 116 has a set of proof pages for Speed’s illustrations, the pages being numbered with printed numbers from 1 to 25 (ff.29–52). They are followed by a series of pages (ff.53–56), on to which copies of Speed’s illustrations have again been stuck, in a manner resembling that of BL, Harley MS 254. Although f.53 is rather different from Harley MS 254, ff.54–56 are very similar, and f.54 is labelled in a hand like Harley MS 254 with the words ‘14 loose’; f.55 similarly has ‘15 loose’; f.56 is not labelled. The contents of f.54 are exactly the same as Harley MS 254 f.166r (apart from the coin at the bottom right that has fallen off the Harley page); ff.55–56 are similar to Harley MS 254 ff.166v and 167r, though with differences: the four coins in rows 1–2 of f.55 are the same, but the other three rows are a bit different; f.56 has the same two coins as Harley MS 254 f.167r, but adds an additional six. These sections on the post-Conquest coins are also numbered in the same way, in a hand that may well be Cotton’s, and both contain very similar abbreviated notes indicating what Cotton thought the coins to be (which Henry or Edward).' (Burnett 2020b, pp. 150-1)


  1. ^  Speed, John (1611) The history of Great Britaine under the conquests of the Romans, Saxons, Danes and Normans, London, John Sudbury and George Humble.
  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.