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Record 13949

Reading Experience:

Marginal notes in a seventeenth-century Bible by three males, presumably brothers and probably children. The notes are scattered throughout the book and consist mainly of handwriting practice. However, the three boys also identify themselves and demonstrate some interaction with the text of the book: 1. Frontispiece and page facing frontispiece: Richard Solly signs his name and writes 'Richard Solly his Book' 2. Frontispiece: Brother Michael Solly writes 'Michael Solly, not his Book' and proceeds to puncture the pages to form the shape of his initials 3. Page facing preface: Stephen (spelt also Stiven) Solly signs his name and writes 'Stephen Solly was born the 15 day of June and was Baptised the 19 day in the year 1706'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Stephen Solly
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 15 Jun 1706
Socio-economic group: Unknown/NA
Occupation: child
Religion: Church of England
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: Bible
Genre: Bible
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1615, Robert Barker, London
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 13949  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Bible
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1615
  Vol: n/a
  Page: preface
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Bible (London, 1615), p. preface,, accessed: 20 January 2022

Additional comments:

This material included by kind permission of James Griffin. The date of the book is difficult to state correctly. The Old and New Testaments are dated 1613; the concordances (one title verso of which carries the 'Michael Solly' entry) are 1615; there is also a C-clef psalter at the back which bears the date 1619. However, it is clear that all these were brought together at some date after 1619 such that the Solly family owned the whole.



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