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Esther Inglis (1571-1624)

Cinquante octonaires sur la va [sic] vanite et inconstance du monde : dediez à Monsieur le Prince pour ses estrennes de l'an 1607 / escrit et illumine par moy Esther Inglis. 1607

RCIN 1047001

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Wayside flowers and native species, rather than exotic new plant imports, decorate the pages of this verse album compiled by the Scotswoman, Esther Inglis. Here, a watercolour of a buttercup embellishes an edifying verse by the French poet Antoine de la Roche Chandieu (1534 – 91). Inglis produced almost 60 presentation manuscripts in the course of her 40-year career as a scribe.