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AINSWORTH, Robert (1660--1743)
[Monumenta vetustatis Kempiana.]
Monvmenta vetustatis Kempiana, ex vetustis scriptoribus illustrata, eosque vicissim illustrantia; in duas partes divisa: quarum altera mumias, simulacra, statuas, signa, lares, inscriptiones, vasa, lucernas, amuleta, lapides, gemmas, annulos, fibulas, cum aliis veterum reliquiis; altera nummos, materia modoque diversos, continet.
Londini typis Danielis Bridge. Veneunt à Paulo Vaillant; G. & J. Innys; & J. Osborn, 1720.
xviii, [8], xlii, 184, lxxvi, 148, [4] p., [1] fold. pl. : engr. illus. ; 19.5 cm. (8°)

The preface is signed 'R. Ainsworth.' Robert Ainsworth FSA was a lexicographer and, like John Kemp FRS (1665--1717), whose collection of antiquities this work describes, a collector of coins. There are separate title-pages to each part, the first dated 1720 and the second 1719. The description of statues and lares, together with the extended commentaries 'De Vasi & Lucernis, De Amuletis, De Annulis & Fibulis' and 'De Asse & partibus ejus', were contributed anonymously by John Ward (1679?--1758), professor of rhetoric in Gresham College (see preface, p. vi). ESTC t121266.

Copy Notes This copy has the engraved armorial bookplate of Joseph Ames FSA FRS (1689--1759), the bibliographer and antiquarian who edited Parentalia, or memoirs of the family of Wrens, 1750 (q.v.). It is annotated in ink with a price and, in some instances, purchaser's name or initials against each catalogue entry, recording in effect the dispersal of Kemp's collection 'by auction at the Phoenix Tavern, Pall Mall, Westminster, on 23--5 and 27 March 1721, in 293 lots, for £1090 8s. 6d.' (ODNB). Inscribed in ink on recto of second front free-endpaper 1773; and on verso, in Ames's hand, with a biographical note on John Kemp. On the final blank leaf there is also a long note (12 lines) in Ames's hand referring to the formation and eventual sale of Kemp's collection, quoting from a note made by Mr. John Creyk M.A. A member formerly of the Society of Antiquaries/ and Executor to Heneage E. of Winchelsea in his copy of the book. Bound (1) with a copy of A catalogue of the genuine and entire collection of curious Greek and Roman medals ... of Christopher Wren, Esq., 1749 (q.v., copy 2).

Binding C18th half calf, marbled-paper boards, red morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 1573


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