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PAULE, Sir George.
The Life of the most reverend and religious Prelate John Whitgift, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury
London: Printed by Thomas Snodham. 1612. Small 4to., pp. [6], 94, with a woodcut portrait of Whitgift on the verso of the title-page; wanting the signed blank A1 and the terminal blank N4; errata corrected by hand; a very good copy in nineteenth-century brown hard-grained morocco, gilt-ruled, spine lettered direct. Contemporary signature of William Burrough on title-page, armorial bookplate of William Bateman (1787-1823) of Middleton-by-Youlgrave, Derbyshire.First edition. The author of this sympathetic biography had entered Whitgift's service in 1584, at the age of twenty-one, and by 1599 he was comptroller of the Archbishop's household. In the dedication to the new Archbishop, George Abbot, he writes that his 'heart shall never be ungratefull' to 'your Graces late Predecessour', and that his aim is 'to shew mine owne obligation to his memorie, and to make knowne his worthie parts to future ages'. Nonetheless the work is not hagiography but 'an invaluable source for the Archbishop's tenure by an insider' (Oxford DNB). STC 19484. Language: English [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Bernard Quaritch Ltd ABA ILAB [London, United Kingdom]
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