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John Speed
The Historie of Great Britaine under the Conquests of ye Romans, Saxons, Danes and Normans. Their Originals, Manners, Habits, Warres, Coines, and Seales: with y Successions, Lives, Acts, and Issues of the English Monarchs from Julius Caesar to the most gracious Sovereign King James.
Imprinted by William Hall and John Beale. Sold by John Sudbury and Georg Humble., Popes-head alley, at y signe of y White Horse, 1611. A good copy of the extremely rare 1st edition of Speed's comprehensive work. In full leather binding which has been rebacked retaining the original boards which have blind tooled decoration, and replacing the spine, which has raised bands and gilt title label. This work continued Speed's 'Theatre of Great Britaine' - and the page numbering is continuous with it - the text starting at p155 and finishing at p 894, although the book is complete on its own. With engraved decorative title page; 4 page preface and text completing at p 894; Summary conclusion of the whole - 4 pp; The Second Index - 46 pp; and a one page 'Faults etc Sped'. The work has numerous engravings of coins, seals and coats of arms; and is embellished throughout with decorative head and tailpieces and decorated initial capitals. The binding has been expertly repaired with some building up to one of the corners which had been lost. With new endpapers. The title page has been relaid on tissue. There is light nibbling to page edges up to the end of the preface, but overall the paper is extremely thick and well-preserved. There is loss to the Faults page (bottom corner) and p 755 has a corner missing without loss of text. The pages vary from being completely clean to having spotting to having browning. There are occasional water stains to page margins - most usually the bottom margin - occasionally with a pinkish tinge at the page edge. A few pages have small repaired tears witho … [Click Below for Full Description]
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