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Eleven charmingly naive illuminated
initials, many incorporating ‘droll faces’, decorate the 214pp work and one of these is dated 1636, but the manuscript as a whole is signed and dated 1662 by John Toke. The writer is believed to have been a Kentish cleric, and a later inscription referring to hops at Lod’s farm in the parish of Staplehurst would seem to strengthen that belief.