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John Spencer Cobbold "A Chart of English History" manuscript, 1807 December 9.
Cobbold, John Spencer, 1768-1837
1 v. 48 x 30.5 cm
Charts, diagrams, etc
Study and teaching
1807 December 9.
John Spencer Cobbold (1768-1837) came from a Suffolk brewing family but was the son of a clergyman and followed in his father's footsteps. He was educated at Ipswich and then at Caius, Cambridge, later teaching at the Perse School, Cambridge, and then at Nuneaton, Warwickshire. After his marriage in 1798 he became a country clergyman at Shelland and Woolpit, Suffolk, eventually succeeding his father at Woolpit in 1831.
Educational manuscript, dated December 9, 1807, written by John Spencer Cobbold (1768-1837), a country clergyman and published author, and billed as "A Chart of English History, designed principally for Young Persons by the Revd. Spencer Cobbold M.A. Late Fellow of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge." The manuscript, written in ink and colors in a large copperplate hand, contains a comprehensive scheme of English history, from Julius Caesar and Cassivellaunus in 54 BC through to George III in 1807. Each of the major historical rulers is highlighted in a colored circle, some of which are very decorative, with the colors changing as the royal house changes. The work complements a similar "Chart of Sacred History" designed by Cobbold.
Bound in early pasteboard covered with marbled paper (some missing from upper board), rebacked in amateur fashion with patterned cloth.
Purchase, 2016. AM 2017-10.