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Defcriptions, histories, chro- carried on during her troubles it nicles, and state of the kingdom. France, Scotland, and England.

A remarkable transcript of John Historical accounts of the state Fordun's Schotochronicon, and of the church of Scotland. Baston's verses on the battle of XV. Materials for the hiftory Bannocks Bourne, written in the and antiquities, of Ireland. As year 1484, for the use of William chorographies of the kingdom, Schevez, archbishop of St. An- and topographical descriptions of drew's, hy his domestic chaplain its provinces. Magnus Maculloch, a priest of the Ancient and other hiftories, diocese of Rofs, supposed to be chronicles and annals, ecclefiaftical either the famous Black book of and civil, particularly. Schone, or the St. Andrew's Copy, A copy of the history and proor perhaps the original of both. phecies of that country, written

The chronicle of Andrew Win in the tenth century, and in the tone in verse. Ker's, Lindsey's, old Iriíh language. and other chronicles.

Many curious pedigrees, with A fine copy of the chronicle of the arms and histories of the prinMailros.

cipal nobility, The life of king David I. writ very ancient transcript of two ten by Alred, abbot of Rievaulk.

remarkable pieces of the old MuTranscripts of public inftru- nicipal laws of Ireland, with comments concerning the vastalage of mentaries and glosses thereon. The Scotland, and the sovereignty of text in this manuscript is fo very England over it, which are omit- ancient, as to be coeval with the ed by Rymer and Harding. times the pieces relate to. The

Atchievements, arms, pedi- one being seemingly part of the grees, &c. of the nobility and Bretanime, or judicia Cæleftia, principal gentry of Scotland, with the trial of Euna, brother to

The journal of the treaty of Legarius, chief king of Ireland, union; and a multitude of va for the murder of Orane, charior luable and interesting papers of driver to St. Patrick, before Dubhfate, particularly, a transcript of thac, the chief Filadha, or King's public instruments concerning the Lard; who, on that folemn occamarriage of Mary queen of Scots fion, acted as fole Brehon, or to the dauphin of France, letters judge, with the sentence paffed on sundry occasions from Mary thereon in the year 430. The queen of Scots, lord Burleigh, other, the great fanction os conSirFrancis Walsingham, Sir Thomas ftitution of Nine, made in favour Smith, the earl of Murray, queen of christianity: in Ireland, anno Elizabeth, &c. and other pieces 439, by three kings; three bishops, unnoticed by all writers, but ex- and three fages. tremely useful in settling many XVỊ. Many ancient copies of controversial points of the history the Greek and Latin claffics and of that unfortunate princess, and historians. conducive to the disclosing and XVII. Lexicons, glossaries, and cicaring up the mysterious intrigues dictionaries of the Hebrew, Greek,


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Latin, Welch, Chinese, Persie, cery, in 'expediting papal bulls, Arabic, German, Courlandic, Sax- briefs, mandatés, dispensations, on, English, Spanish, and Turkish and grants; a list of fines payable languages, particularly the Arabic by ecclefiaftics to the Roman fee, dictionary of Abu Nafr Ismael, in all countries under its subjection, filius Hamad al Farabi, Al-Turki, on tkeir being admitted to patriwith the fupplement of Sherfo'ddin, archal, metropolitan, cathedral, Al-Hafan filius Mohamedis, sur or conventual churches ; fees and named Alsagani, written in the fines payable for indulgences, libeginning of the 13th century. cences, and plenary absolutions,

XVIH. Chorographies, anti- as well in criminal as civil cases; quities, hiftories, chronicles, &c. and a variety of other interesting of France, and other countries. matters, demonftrating the impoElaborate genealogies of their fitions practised to fill the pope's kings, princes, and illustrious coffers. houses ; and a multitude of tracts XX. A great number of poems, and authentic papers, explanatory effays, ditties, ancient ballads, of their laws, customs, revenues, plays, and other poetical pieces in polity, and government; amongit almost every modern language; which are

many of them unpublished, and Gefta Francorum in Bello Sacro, others extremely useful to such as written in the uth century. A hall undertake to give new and chronicle from Adam, of the gth correct editions of the works of century,

such poets, particularly those of Liudbrandi Ticienfis Chronicon; our own country as have been al. written in the soth century. ready printed. Amongft them are,

Also a beautiful transcript of the A very ancient and fair transcript 4th and last volumes of Froillart's of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and chronicle, elegantly illuminated, a copy of his history of Troilus and having the fubject of each and Creffida, the Knight's Tale, chapter represented in an historical the Man of Laws Prologue and miniature painting, highly finifh- Tale, the Wife of Bath's Tale, ed, and placed at the head of it. and the Clerk of Oxenforde's Tale, The other volumes of this curious neither of which MSS. seem to work are preserved in the French have been used by the editors of king's library, and are esteemed Chaucer'; the text in both differa' among its principal ornaments. ing in many places from all other

XIX. Hiftories of popes, and. MSS of that author, as well as the transactions of the fee of Rome; from the printed copies of his particularly three remarkable vo- poems. lumes, the original registers of the A large volume, being a col. Roman chancery, secretly brought lection of ancient and valuable from Rome upon the death of pope poems on curious subjects, by Innocent XII. by. Monf. Aymone, Chaucer, Lydgate, and other Eng. who was apostolic prothonotary of lifh poets; amongst these is a poem that court. They contain the rules of Chaucer's' addressed to his to be observed by the clerks, and empty purse, and confifting of obedientiaries of the Roman chan- twenty ftanzas, though no more


than the three first have been pub- in French "verse, by William de lilled. This poem is the more Lorris, continued and finished by corious, as it informs us of some John Clopinel, alias John Moone, circumstances of Chaucer's life of Mewen upon the river Loyer, Little known.

This manuscript is richly orna-. A fair transcript or translation of mented with a multitude of miLydgate's paraphrafe into English. niature paintings, executed in the verse, of Boccace's treatife De Oc nost masterly manner.

It is

procasu principum, illuminated and bably the copy which was presentembellished with historical mi- ed to Henry IV. the blazon of his niature paintings; being the au arms being introduced in the illuthor's present-book to Humphrey minations, with which the first doke of Gloucester, by whose page of this work is embellished. command he undertook the work. Many original poems by John

Lydgate's lives of St. Edmund Lydgate, Gower, Trevisa,' oe. and St. Fræmund, with divers of XXI.' A large collection both of his other poems, illustrated with ancient and modern musical com120 very elegant historical pictures positions, with curious anecdotes of different sizes ; besides other relating to their authors, written embellishments of illuminated let- for the most part by Mr. Wanley, ters, &c. fo as to render it the by whom they were amassed, he finest manuscript of the English being not only a great judge of language, written in the time of music, but a very able composer. king Henry VI. whose book this XXII. Books of architecture, was, being presented to him by its geometry, gunnery, 'fortification, author.

thip-building, and military affairs ; A large and beautifully illumi- particularly a large volume written nated copy of the Confessio Aman in High Dutch, foon after the ina tis of John Gower, containing a vention of fire arms, being a treacollection of the principal pieces tise on military affairs, illuftrated of Chaucer and Gower, finely with a great number of fine drawwritten and ornamented.

ings in water colours, representius An historical, political, and the proper forms of marches, enmoral poem, consisting of 320 campments, and difpofitions of Itanzas; the subject is the unfor- armies; orders of battle, attacks, tunate reign of king Edward II. fieges, and storms of forts, towns, whose ghoft is introduced as re and caftles; draughts of tips of lating his transactions and difafters. war, fireships, and feets, bridges of The author, who is supposed to be timber and stone, hydraulic enMr. Edmund Spenser, addresses gines, tools, instruments, and this poem to. queen Elizabeth. 'warlike machines of every kind; Also the fame poem revised and the form of the ancient British corrected by many alterations, and chariot. fitted up for the perufal of king XXIII. Natural history, agriJames 1.

culture, voyages, travels, &c. A very fair and beautiful tran- particularly, an Herbarium, writfeript of the celebrated poem en ten in Saxon, and in the tench titled Le Roman de la Rofe, begun century. And, ,

years old.

A very valuable volume of Geo- fonages, buildings, utensils, haponics in Greek, with Scholia, bits, armour, and the manners of not hitherto published, written the age in which they were paintupon filken leaves, and near 500 ed, and very probably preserving

some pieces of eminent painters, XXIV. Many rare MSS in Aftro- of whose works no other remains nomy, Cosmography, and Geo are extant. Some of these MSS graphy:

have already been occasionally menu XXV. A vaft variety of Alchy. tioned, and to them must be added; mical, Chymical, Chirurgical, A moft noble copy of bishop Pharmaceutical and Medical tracts, Grofthead's Speculum Humane Salone whereof, being a treatise in vationis, every page whereof is high Dutch, on the process for decorated with admirable pictures finding the philosopher's ftone, explanatory of its contents. formerly belonged to the famous A translation of Valerius Maxi. M. Cyprianus, from whose niece, mus into French, by Simon de Mrs. Priemer, it was purchased, Heldin, and Nicholas de Gonesse, and presented to Edward earl of comprised in four large volumes, Oxford. This book is divided with fine historical paintings placed into a great number of chapters; at the head of each book, repreon the back of the laft leaf of each senting the principal subjects treatchapter the subject thereof is re ed of therein ; together with anpresented in an emblematical pic- other copy of the four last books ture, in which the beauty of its of the same work, embellished colouring, the disposition of the with paintings in the like manner, figures, the elegance of their atti- and by the same hand as the tudes, and the propriety of com- former. position is scarcely to be equalled. A most noble volume, consisting

XXVI. A great number of vo of the Antiquities of the Greeks lumes of original letters, and au and Romans, represented in paintthentic transcripts of others, writings. ten as well by sundry persons who A volume, entitled, Le Tresor have been eminent for their high de Maistre Jeban de Mebun, with ftations in the state, as by those paintings. who were remarkable for their li The four elements and four terary accomplishments,

feasons, painted by J. Bailly, and Lastly, a prodigious variety of intended as patterns of tapestry MSS which, exclusive of their im- for the French king. portance in other respects, are highly valuable on account of the many beautiful illuminations and excel- An account of the discovery and lent paintings; those pictures be

conquejt of Siberia ; from Bell's ing not only useful for illustrating travels. the subject of the books in which they are placed, but furnishing excellent lessons and useful hints AT the beginning of the last to painters, perpetuating the re- Yarmak, being obliged by, fame

century, a Don Coffack, named presentations of the principal per accident, to leave his native cova


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na very thing he 156 ANNUAL REGISTER try, and having no means of fub- ice at no great ditance from a fiftence, he, with a few accom- large village. The inhabitants plices, betook himself to rob. were alarmed at the fight of so bing on the highway. He foon many armed men, whom they were became famous and powerful, for not able to oppose, they therefore he robbed only the rich, and, by gave them a hospitable reception, generosity uncommon in such a Yarmak demanded only provisions character, liberally bestowed to and winter-quarters for his men, such as were in want. He never promising to leave them unmolettkilled, or even hurt any person, ed in the spring. In consequence unless compelled to such outrages of this declaration, he and his fol. in his own defence. This beha- lowers pased the winter very quietviour fo raised his reputation, that ly in that remote place, afraid, all the idle fellows in the country however, at the approach of sumenlifted themselves in his gang, mer, of being discovered by the and he became at last so trouble government, and uncertain what some, that the governors of the course to steer ; it was at last desouthern provinces sent out troops termined to cross the mountains of to apprehend him; but he being Verchaturia, and go to the eastward, informed of their design, with- in hopes of finding fome uninhadrew from the land, and procuring bited country, at least, a safe reboats

upon the Volga, commenced treat. pirate. Being attacked here also, Having passed the mountains, he was forced to cross the Caspian they arrived at the river Tur; and, sea and shelter himself on the Per- finding it navigable, foon made a sian shore, where he passed for a sufficient number of canoes for the merchant, Being again discover- whole gang. After rowing for some ed, he was obliged by the Persians days down the Tur, they discoverto quit their coaft; and now his ed several villages of Mahometan only refugę was, to return to the Tartars, who were surprised at the Volga, where he behaved with fight of such a number of strangers, great circumspection, often lurk- of whom they had before never so ing in woods and villages : and, much as heard. Yarmak having being in no want of money, he got what intelligence he could needed. Foreseeing, however, that vernment of the country, pursued such a numerous gang could not his voyage to the river Tobol ; , be long concealed, he took the re- where he found the towns popufolution of leaving the Volga, and lous, and the land well cultivated. steered his course up the river Ka- His approach alarmed the king of ma at that time little frequented the Tartars, who assembled a nuby the Rullians, or any other na-, merous body of horse and foot, tion; here he hoped to find, at armed with bows and arrows, and leait, a safe retreat during the lances, and other such weapons, winter. Yarmak, therefore, with with whom our adventurer had his followers, amounting to 200, many kirmishes, and defeated continued their voyage up the Ka- great multitudes by means of his mā, till they were stopped by the fire-arms, which had never before


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