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Titles of Honor. By the late Famous and Learned Antiquary John Selden of the Inner Temple, Esquire. The Third Edition carefully Corrected. With Additions and Amendments by the Author.
Folio, (315x210mm), eng. port., title-page, [32], 756 pp, signature of "Hadriani Beverlandi" on last leaf, verso, bound in contemporary English red morocco attributed to the Naval Binder, the covers tooled with an all-over gilt pattern of scrolls, tulips and other flowers, leaves and buds with the binder's trademark long pointed oval at the centre, the spine in 7 panels decorated with a maltese cross made up with a distinctive wedge-shaped tool, [See Nixon: English Restoration Bookbindings. no. 82], comb-marbled endpapers, edges gilt and lightly gauffred, hinges and some corners imperceptibly repaired (one needs to look very closely), signatures of "J Somers" on title-page and "Hadriani Beverlandi" on last leaf verso, monogram bookplate of Baron Vernon "Vernon semper viret" on front pastedown. This is a magnificent example, in fine condition, of a restoration binding by either the Naval Binder or one of his close imitators, so named by the late Howard Nixon because of the workshop's close connection with the Navy Office. The shop was active during the 1670's and 1680's and produced well proportioned and carefully tooled work. "J Somers" is almost certainly John, Baron Somers (1651-1716), Lord Chancellor (1697-1701). He was a commited patron of literature, but above all a collector and he accumulated more than 9000 books, hundreds of manuscripts, about 4000 drawings, and many more prints.Hadriani Beverlandi as inscribed on the last leaf may probably be identified as Adrian Beverland (1650-1716) a Dutch philosopher and jurist. He studied at Leiden University, then moved to England in 1679 as secretary to Isaac Vossius
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