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VERSTEGAN, Richard (ca. 1550--1640)
A restitution of decayed intelligence, in antiquities· Concerning the most noble, and renowned English nation. By the study, and travel of R.U. Dedicated unto the Kings most excellent Majesty.
London: printed by T. Newcomb for Josuah Kirton, at the King's Arms in St. Paul's Church-y ard [sic], 1653.
[24], 24, 27--264, [10] p. : engr. illus. ; 15.5 cm. (8º)

The dedication to King James I is signed 'Richard Verstegan', born Richard Rowlands, a Catholic intelligence agent and writer who influenced continental perceptions of the reign of Elizabeth I. The present work, first published in Antwerp in 1605, was "a seminal work of Anglo-Saxon scholarship" (ODNB), dealing with the early invasions of Britain. Engraved title vignette of the Tower of Babel with letterpress caption 'Nationum Origo.'. Includes 'The Table or Index Of Sundry especial Points touched in this Book.', [10] pp. at the end. ESTC r10115.

Copy Notes Closely cropped with loss of text at the head of the volume; the title-page and pp. 263--4 are torn at the fore-edge with loss of text including partial loss of the imprint, but the edition can nonetheless be identified by the irregular type in the imprint line. Inscribed in ink on the front free-endpaper John Soane 1806. Inscribed in ink on the title-page in a C17th hand E lib: Guil: Lane: / E Coll: Wadh: / Oxon:. Ink marginalia in an early, tiny hand, chiefly in the first part of the book. Another ownership note on second front free-endpaper rubbed out leaving partial inscription [M?]arch 1775. The page numbers are supplied in ink on the contents leaf (prelim. pp. 9--10). Rear pastedown with ink code or shelf-mark b.i.

Binding C18th sheep, gilt-tooled spine compartments.

Reference Number 93


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