[Octonaires sur la Vanite et Inconstance du Monde].

Accession number: 
MS W.72
[Octonaires sur la Vanite et Inconstance du Monde].
17th-century brown calf, gold tooled in leafy sprays and paneled in the manner of Duodo bindings, traces of gilding on edges. In dark brown morocco slipcase, gold tooled, labeled on spine: Octonaire Esther Inglis 1615; signed JPW 1963.
Bequest of Julia Parker Wightman, 1994.
60 leaves (1 column, 8 lines), bound : paper, ill. ; 222 x 159 mm.
S Palmes written in brown ink on verso of fol. 5 flyleaf; James Douglas of Cavers, 1865; Parke-Bernet sale (New York, 12 December 1961, lot 51); Harry A. Levinson, Beverly Hills, CA (Catalogue 58, June 1962, no. 61); purchased by Julia Parker Wightman from Levinson in 1962 (JPW 4823); Julia Parker Wightman Bequest in 1994.

Ms. octonaires sur la vanite et inconstance du monde; written and decorated in Lisebourg (Edinbourgh), Scotland, August 1615.
Decoration: vinescroll motifs form a rectangular frame around the title page and an oval frame around the dedication; the first letter on each Octonaire is in gold.
Text is written only on the rectos; versos are blank. Texts: 8 blank flyleaves (fols. 1-8); title page (fol. 9); dedication page (fol. 10); Octonaires V-L (fols. 11-56); 4 blank flyleaves (fols. 57-60). Octonaires I-IV have been excised, only the stubs remain. Title page inscribed: Octonaires sur la Vanite et Inconstance du Monde Escrits par Esther Inglis, a Lislebourg, Aoust 1615. Dedication page inscribed: Pour Monsieur Treshonoré Monsieur André Ramsay Fidele Ministre de la parole de Dieu, à Lislebourge, Esther Inglis souhaite tout Bon Heur.
Scribe: Esther Inglis (1571-1624).

Roman letters.