Philobiblon: That printed list

Saturday, September 18, 2004

That printed list

... I was wrong, it is in Volume I of the Garner, by John Taylor, the "water poet", The Carriers' Cosmography: or A Brief Relation of The Inns, Ordinaries, Hosteleries and other lodgings in and near London; where Carriers, Waggons, Foot-posts and Higglers do usually come from any parts, towns shires and countries of the Kingdoms". (Dated 1637.)

I obviously wasn't awake when posting this morning, and hardly am now, after playing squash at 11am: too early! If you saw someone yawning broadly in the BL this afternoon, that was me.

As well as the carriers Taylor's text also has "certain directions for to find out Ships, Barks, Hoys and Passage Boats that do come to London, from the most parts and places by sea, within the King's dominions; either of England, Scotland or Ireland". (p.245)

That's what the heading says, although the text adds that:
"From most parts of Holland or Zealand, pinks or shipping may be had at the brewhouses in Saint Katherine's."

None of my reference books explain the "pinks": any suggestions?

For his more lyrical works, a small sample is found here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Google. If you do a search like 'pinks ships boats', you get things like Pirates of the Caribbean Fandom (loved that film...) which contains this:

Pink: A merchant vessel with relatively shallow draft and a very narrow stern, variously rigged as a brig, a sloop, or a ship. Some pinks were used by the navy as armed transports. The term also applied to a type of Dutch fishing boat with a square mainsail and sometimes a square foresail launched off beaches near Scheveningen.

As for yawning in the BL, or any other archive, I think you'd be in good company. They have that effect on me a lot anyway...


9/18/2004 10:17:00 pm  
Blogger Natalie Bennett said...

Thanks Sharon. I did try a couple of googles, but obviously didn't hit on the right combinations.

9/20/2004 12:41:00 am  

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