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Iohannis Sequardi, opera; 'Secretum philosophorum'; Statutes of Crediton & Ottery; Medical recipes — Ottery St Mary, Devon. Collegiate church of St Mary the Virgin.


Provenance: Ottery St Mary, Devon. Collegiate church of St Mary the Virgin.
Location: Cathedral , Exeter
Shelfmark: 3521
Author/Title: Iohannis Sequardi, opera; 'Secretum philosophorum'; Statutes of Crediton & Ottery; Medical recipes
Type of evidence: c: evidence from locally specific contents, including obits, scribbles, etc.
Notes on evidence:

The book contains statutes of the colleges of Ottery St Mary and Crediton, and the note that John Exeter had taken books from the library to London. John Excestre (d. 1449) was a canon of both places (of Crediton 1429, of Ottery 1436), but he is to be tied more firmly to Ottery, over which he was principally concerned in making legacies and to which he left thirty-six books. The obits at the front of the book relate solely to Ottery. It was later in the hands of the Drake family, local to Ottery. See further Willoughby, Collegiate Churches, 381–2.

(Medieval binding; flyleaves and pastedowns (4 at each end) from a law book of s. xiv.)

Date: s. xv in.
Medieval Catalogue: SC281
Ownership:

'Sum liber Thomæ Drake ex dono amici mei W. M.' (p. 421), probably Thomas Drake of Ashe, fl. s. xvii1, of a family local to Ottery.

'W. M.' may have been William Martyn, a pensioner of the college.

The book was certainly at Exeter cathedral by 1697 when it was catalogued for CMA.