Some Historical Shoemaking Texts
(Revision 29 September 2005)
Compiled by I. Marc
British Library, MS Harl. 1002.
f.113.r (Before the 15th century) Extracted from Wright,
Thomas. A Volume of Vocabularies.
A Latin and English Vocabulary
of the Fifteenth Century Extracted from Wright, Thomas. A
Volume of Vocabularies.
A 15th Century Nominale
Extracted from Wright, Thomas. A Volume of
British Library, MS Royal.
Reg.17, C. xvii. f.21.r (15th century?) Extracted from
Wright, Thomas. A Volume of Vocabularies.
2 Henry IV. A.D. 1400.
Letter-Book I. fol. vi. Petition of the Pouchmakers, as to the
supervision of Galoches. (From Riley's
10 Henry IV. A.D. 1409.
Letter-Book 17. fol. lxxx. Letter under the Privy Seal, as to
a dissension between the Cordwainers and the Cobblers.
(From Riley's Memorials)
10 Henry IV. AD. 1409.
Letter-Book I. fol. lxxxi. Inquisition made for the regulation
of the Cordwainers and the Cobblers. (From Riley's
or Galfrisus Grammaticus]. Promptorium Parvulorum [A.k.a.
Medulla Gramatice], ca. 1440 [earliest known
British Library, MS Additional 37075. (Excerpt) Extracted from
Ross, Thomas, W. and Brooks, Edward, Jr. English Glosses from British Library
Additional Manuscript 37075. Norman: Pilgrim Books, 1984
"Lystyne Lordys Verament."
Lat ms.141 f.5-6. Oxford, Lincoln College, Lincoln. (also
called "A Shoemaker's Verse Testament" (c.1475-1500)
Gild of the Cordwainers,
Great Leather Act of
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Deloney, Thomas. The Gentle
Craft, a discourse, containing many matters of delight, very
pleasant to be read showing what famous men have been shoomakers
in the time past in this land, with their worthy deeds and great
hospitality ... declaring the cause why it is called the Gentle
Craft; and also how the proverb first grew. London: John
Stafford, 1648. (Excerpt) Originally published c.1600.
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Rowley, William. A Merrie and
Pleasant Comedy: Never before Printed, Called a Shoo-Maker a
Gentleman as It Hath Beene Sundry Times Acted at the Red Bull and
Other Theaters, with a Generall and Good Applause London:
I. Okes, 1638. (Excerpt)
"[Excerpt from Sergeant Thorpe, Judge of Assize for the Northern
Circuit, His Charge, as It Was Delivered to the Grand-Jury at
Yorke Assizes the Twentieth of March, 1648...]." In The
Harleian Miscellany: Or, a Collection of Scarce, Curious, and
Entertaining Pamphlets and Tracts, as Well in Manuscript as in
Print, ed. William Oldys, 2, 13-14. London: T. Osborne,
Blount, Thomas. Glossographia,
Comenius, Johann Amos. Orbis
Sensualium Pictus, Hoc Est, Omnium Fundamentalium in Mund Rerum
& in Vita Actionum, Pictura & Nomenclatura Joh. Amos
Commenius's Visible World, or, a Picture and Nomenclature of All
the Chief Things That Are in the World and of Mens Employments
Therein. Early English Books, 1641-1700 ; 1438:22. London:
Printed by T.R. and N.T. Mearne. 1672. (Excerpt)
Holme, Randle. The Academy of
Armory, or, a Storehouse of Armory and Blazon Containing the
Several Variety of Created Beings, and How Born in Coats of Arms,
Both Foreign and Domestick : With the Instruments Used in All
Trades and Sciences, Together with Their Terms of Art : Also the
Etymologies, Definitions, and Historical Observations on the
Same, Explicated and Explained According to Our Modern Language :
Very Usefel [Sic] for All Gentlemen, Scholars, Divines, and All
Such as Desire Any Knowledge in Arts and Sciences. Early
English Books, 1641-1700 ; 634:10. Chester: Printed for the
- Harley MS 5911. Attributed to John Bagford
- Harley MS 5981. Attributed to John Bagford
Comenius, Johann Amos. Joh.
Amos Commenii orbis sensualium pictus: hoc est, omnium
principalium in mundo rerum, & in vita actionum, pictura
& nomenclatura = oh. Amos Comenius's Visible World, or, a
Nomenclature, and Pictures of All the Chief Things That Are in
the World. London, 1705. (Excerpt)
"Cordwainers." In An Universal
History of Arts and Sciences; or, a Comprehensive Illustration,
Definition, and Description of All Sciences, Divine and Human;
and of All Arts, Liberal and Mechanical, ed. Dennis De
Coetlogon, 2, 833-834. London: J. Hart, 1745. (Excerpt)
- Greenwood, James d. The Philadelphia Vocabulary, English
and Latin Put into a New Method, Proper to Acquaint the Learner
with Things as Well as Pure Latin Words : For the Use of
Schools In Early American Imprints.; Second Series; No.
10503. Philadelphia: M. Carey Alexander & Phillips)
United States Pennsylvania Carlisle, 1806.
"The Book of Trades, or,
Library of the Useful Arts." In Early American Imprints.
Second Series; No. 12173, 2, 74-79. White-Hall [N.Y.?]: J.
- Comenius, Johann Amos Comenii Orbis Sensualium Pictus Hoc
Est Omnium Principalium in Mundo Rerum, Et in Vita Actionum,
Pictura & Nomenclatura = Joh. Amos Comenius's Visible World,
or, a Nomenclature, and Pictures of All the Chief Things That Are
in the World. 1st American, from the 12th London , corr. and
enl. ... ed. History of Education; Fiches 18,984-18,986.
New-York: Printed and sold T. & J. Swords, 1810.
Rees, John F. The art and mystery
of a cordwainer; or, An essay on the principles and practice of
boot and shoe-making. With illustrative copperplates. London:
Printed for Gale, Curtis, and Fenner, 1813.
C. Roach Smith.
1854. Catalogue of the Museum of London Antiquities, collected by and the
Property of Charles Roach Smith... London: Printed for the subscribers only.
Dutton, William Henry. The Boots and Shoes of
Our Ancestors as Exhibited by the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1898.
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