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SPEED, John (1552?--1629)
The history of Great Britaine under the conquests of ye Romans, Saxons, Danes and Normans. Their originals manners, habits warres, coines, and seales, with the successions, lines, acts, and issues of the English monarchs, from Jvlivs Caesar, to our most gratious soueraigne King Iames. The second edition revised, and enlarged wth sundry descents of ye Saxons kings, their mariages and armes. By John Speed.
Imprinted at London, anno cum privilegio 1627. Are to be sold by George Humble at the Whit horse in Popes-head Alley,, [1627, i.e. 1623?]
[12], 155--402, 395--798 p., 799--828 leaves, 829--923, [47] p. : engr. t.-p., wdcut illus. (ports.), geneal. tables ; 41.4 cm. (2°)

The pagination is continued from The theatre of the empire of Great Britaine which forms the first four books, using the same allegorical engraved title-page in an elaborate architectural frame with separately engraved title panel. Both the 'Chorographicall Part' (the first four books) and the 'Historicall Part' (the fifth to the tenth books) are listed in the table of contents. The two works were first published together in 1611--12 (reissued in 1614), and the second edition first appeared in 1623 (reissued in 1627), using the same title-plate with the imprint altered accordingly. The Soane copy has the title-plate dated 1627, but it is heavily repaired and mounted on a backing leaf, and the contents correspond to those of the 1623 issue, in particular the different setting of the preliminary poem 'Of him that this Great Taske hath done ...' signed 'Io. Sanderson' set in one column with elaborate woodcut initial and vignettes of olive, fir and palm branches; the later issue is set in two columns with a typographical head-piece and a woodcut tail-piece. (See Early English Books Online, accessed 18 May 2012). Numerous errors in pagination: pages 165, 284, 286, 449, 561, 597 and 898 are misnumbered 163, 282, 289, 445, 551, 596, 791 and 899; leaf 816 is misnumbered 817; the '2' in p. 290, the number on leaf 801, and the '0' in p. 901 have failed to print. ESTC s120483; STC (2nd ed.), 23047 (1623 issue); ESTC s124203; STC (2nd ed.), 23048 (1627 issue).

Copy Notes Price £1-1s-0d inscribed in ink on front pastedown; second front free-endpaper inscribed in pencil 12/. Inscribed in ink on title-page: Bibliothecæ Colbertinæ. The Bibliotheca Colbertina was the library owned successively by Jean Baptiste Colbert de Torcy, Jacques Nicolas Colbert, Archbishop of Rouen (1655--1707), and Charles Eléonor Colbert, Comte de Seignely (d. 1747). Jean Baptiste Colbert was librarian of the Bibliothèque du Roi from 1661 to 1683 and amassed a large personal library including some books originally from the royal library; his books were often bound in red morocco with his gilt armorial stamp of a snake surrounded by the collars of the Orders of St Michael and of the Holy Ghost, and sometimes with his monogram 'JBC' on the spine. Colbert's library was sold in Paris in 1728. (See Bibliotheca Colbertina: seu Catalogus librorum bibliothecae, quae fuit primum ... J.B. Colbert ..., Paris, 1728).

Binding C17th mottled calf, blind triple-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spine compartments, red morocco spine-label, marbled endpapers.

Reference Number 1505

Additional Names Bibliotheca Colbertina; Colbert, Jean Baptiste (1619--1683); Camden, William (1551--1623). Britannia

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