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Sir Thomas Smith’s Misgovernment of the Virginia Company by Nicholas Ferrar. A manuscript from the Devonshire papers at Chatsworth House. Edited with an introduction by D. R. Ransome.
Ferrar’s text is a crucial document in the history of the Virginia Company and its colony. It reveals the intense animosity which destroyed the Company and is a vivid, powerful and one-sided denunciation of the maladministration that had brought the Company down. It is also something more – a vital document of the first English colony to be permanently established in the New World. The document is printed here in full facsimile, together with a diplomatic transcription and introduction by David Ransome, a distinguished historian of early America.
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COPAC records the British Library copy only. Worldcat records no copies in the US.
the Canon of the Mass; a fragment of a bifolium (a single leaf preserving a small section only of the conjoint leaf), single columns written in dark brown ink in a tall late romanesque bookhand, 21 lines remaining, ruled in ink, four two-line initials on verso alternately in blue and red with contrasting penwork (two being monograms of ‘V’ and ‘D’ for 'Vere dignum'), one five-line and one six-line initial on verso with red penwork in a leafy design, rubrics; recovered from use in a binding and with consequent creasing and staining, trimmed with loss of several lines at foot, verso soiled and worn. 218 x 191 mm
At the end of the first line on the recto is the rubric ‘infra actionem’, immediately before the prayer ‘Communicantes et diem sacratissimam celebrantes’. The expression ‘infra actionem’ originally referred to a variable formula to be inserted within the fixed text on special occasions, and signified that the following text was to be inserted ‘within the action’. Thus it is probable that the prayer ‘Communicantes’ was not originally a fixed part of the Canon but was inserted on special feasts. Gradually it was transformed into a permanent fixture, with some variant formulas on special feasts.