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The Baronage of England, or an Historical Account of the Lives and most memorable Actions of our English Nobility in the Saxons time, to the Norman Conquest; and from thence, of those who had their rise before the end of King Henry the Third?s Reign. Deduced from Publick Records, Antient Historians, and other Authorities, by William Dugdale Norroy King of Arms. Tome the First. [- Tome the Second.]
1676 - First Edition. 2 vols. in 1. Folio. [Text: 412 x 230 mm]. 790, [2 (index); [8], 312 [Ss-Zz4 are omitted], 361-488, [4 (index)] pp. Light browning, occasional minor stains. Contemporary binding by Roger Bartlett of Oxford of black morocco, the covers tooled in gilt with a tall roll-tooled ?cottage-roof? panel, the roof formed by strawberry volutes with clusters of strawberry volutes and a fleuron hanging from the eaves, leafy sprays and flowers in the corners and centre of the long sides. Spine with six bands, the second panel lettered in gilt on a red goatskin label with a pair of gilt stepped corner tools below, the third and sixth panels filled with repeated gilt impressions of a strawberry roll, the others with a central lozenge formed by a pair of fleurons with the stepped triangular corner tools in the corners. Comb-marbled endleaves. All edges gilt, with an original, although rather simple, fore-edge painting under the gilt of flowers and leaves drawn in ink and coloured in pink and light blue (joints rubbed, particularly at the bands and cracked in the top and bottom panels, corners slightly bumped). London by Tho. Newcomb, for Abel Roper, John Martin, and Henry Herringman, 1675 [- Wing D2480. Vol. 2: 2nd state of the errata (b2v) with two paragraphs; 2nd state of leaf Rr2 (column 2, line 1 ends ?Earl of?). ?Dugdale?s scholarly industry from the 1650s to the 1670s was prodigious. . After thirty years of accumulating material towards a history of the nobility, Dugdale energetically applied himself to its completion in the later 1660s and the early seventies. Long delayed in the press, the first volume of The Baronage of England eventually appeared in 1676; the second and third were printed together in 1677 [recte 1676]. It is a history of the aristocracy and its deeds since Saxon times, an immense work of genealogical scholarship derived from sound sources that retains its value to the present day.? (ODNB). ?This volume has been described by a present-day member of the College of Heralds [Michael Maclagan] as 'a landmark in the history of English genealogical scholarship. . Here for the first time is a ast and solid work of scholarship, almost every statement in which is directly referred to an original source. Modern scholarship may have revised some of Dugdale's judgements [but] our apparatus criticus stems back to the massive marginalia of this great work'.? - Parry (Graham), The Trophies of Time: English Antiquarians of the Seventeenth Century (1995), p. 224. A handsome and typical large Roger Bartlett binding with a number of the tools listed by H. M. Nixon in ?Roger Bartlett?s Bookbindings?, in The Library (March 1962), pp. 56-65: Tools 2, 4, 14, 20, ?22, 33a & 51 and Rolls ?1 but also with some fifteen other tools not listed by Nixon. Other folio Bartlett bindings with very similar cottage-roof designs and with similar fore-edge paintings are on a copy of Ogilby?s Vergil (1668), in Maggs Catalogue 1075/74 [also owned Theophila Dyve], a copy of Henrico Caterino Davila?s The Historie of the Civill Warres of France (1647) in Maggs Catalogue 1212/44 [also owned by Theophila Dyve], a copy of Sir Thomas North?s Plutarch (1657) from the Clements collection sold at Sotheby?s on 6/7/1966, lot 645 [there was no mention of earlier provenance but it is nice to think that it may also have been a Dyve book as it was exceptional for non-theological works or works of non-royal authorship to have fore-edge paintings at this time]. Also with fore-edge paintings, but in 8vo, is a now broken-up set of Thomas Comber?s works, two volumes and a fore-edge painting of which are illustrated in G. D. Hobson, English Bindings. in the collection of J. R. Abbey, nos. 41 & 42. See also Nixon, English Restoration Bookbindings, nos. 117-121, Nixon, Oldaker Collection, no. 6 and I. G. Philip - ?Roger Bartlett, Bookbinder? in The Library (December 1955), pp. 233-243. Born about 1633 in Watlington, Oxfordshire, the son of a shoemaker, Roger Bartlett [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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