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MANCHESTER Henry Montagu, 1st Earl of
Manchester al mondo Contemplatio Mortis and Immortalitatis
The former Papers not intended to the Presse, Have pressed the publishing of these. Third Edition (usually called the First Authorised Edition). 12mo. [Binding: 148 x 80 mm]. [12], 198, [2] pp. (first leaf blank except for signature "A", least leaf with errata on recto). Text increasingly dampstained at the end. Bound in red velvet with elaborate silver "furniture" consisting of a border bead-and-reel frame of linked floral ovals, an oval Biblical scene at the centre of the inside frame (Adam and Eve on the front, the Sacrifice of Isaac on the back) and a set of eight cornerpieces with circular images of the Cardinal; Virtues "FORTITUDO", "PRVDENTIA", "CHARITAS" and "SPES" on the front cover, and "IVSTITIA", "TEMPERANT", "PATIENCIA", and "FIDES" on the back, in the centre of the covers an oval scene from the Life of Christ: the Adoration of the Magi on the front and the Ascension on the back, both within a pierced frame; an elaborate set of clasps and catches, the four catches with small oval portrait of the four Evengelists ("S. Mattheus" and "S. Ioannes" on the front and "S. Lucas" and "S. Marcus" on the back) with pierced scrollwork frames (the clasps are modern replacements by James & Stuart Brockman); the cornerpieces and clasps and catches secured to the boards with floral decrated silver extensions pinned to the pastedowns; comb-marlbed pastedowns only; spine faded; joints repaired by James & Stuart Brockman); red cloth box. London:by Robert Barker, and by the Assignes of Iohn Bill,
Bookseller: Maggs Bros. Ltd. [U.K.]

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