Collection: BC MS Lg: Language Manuscripts (Brotherton Collection)

Archive Item icon Archive Item: A most short instruction teaching or reason etc., of the knowledge of the art of grammer..., by William Lily.

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Title: A most short instruction teaching or reason etc., of the knowledge of the art of grammer..., by William Lily.

Level: Item 

Classmark: BC MS Lg q 1

Creator(s): Lily, William

Date: c.1560-1600

Main language: English

Size and medium: 31 ff., folio manuscript.

Persistent link: https://explore.library.leeds.ac.uk/special-collections-explore/7994 

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Also known as:Brevissima Institutio - English
Contains an apparently unpublished English translation of William Lily's 'Brevissima Institutio', which forms the second part of his 'A short introduction of grammar', the standard Elizabethan grammar. The present version comprises only the first two of the work's four sections, namely, those on 'Orthographie' and 'Etymologie'. Its language is an interesting example of academic Elizabethan English.

Written in a fluent and rapid late sixteenth-century Secretary hand with several revisions, suggesting that it may be autograph. Stitched, unbound, and partly defective.

Administrative or biographical history

William Lily (1468?-1522), an Oxford graduate and grammarian, taught in London, latterly as high-master at St Paul's School. For fuller details of his life and writings see the Dictionary of National Biography. The translator and the writer of this manuscript are both unknown.

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