The History of the Raigne of King Henry the Seventh. Sir Francis Bacon.
The History of the Raigne of King Henry the Seventh.

The History of the Raigne of King Henry the Seventh.

1622. London: Printed by w. Stansby for Matthew Lownes and William Barret, 1622.

Folio, (6, of 8), 1-248pp. Fine engraved portrait of Henry VII by John Payne, title within elaborate woodcut border of columns, strapwork, and scrolling vines, woodcut head- and tailpieces, initials, text within ruled borders. Contemporary calf, sides with borders double-ruled in blind, rebacked. Title with early inscription: "ffran morse" and very early inscription at front (see below). Preserved in a morocco backed Sangorski & Sutcliffe slip-case.

§ Second issue of the first edition, with 3 errata corrected and four uncorrected; this copy is bound without the dedication leaf. At the front in a very early hand (but perhaps not that of ffran morse) are four lines of verse beginning "In vtrum[que] paratus Inglishedd" and continuing:

"Patience amongst the vertues sitts as queene / Then welcome now that patience may be seene / but pale-faced woe, if thou wilt needs depart / the dore stands ope, be gone wth all my hart."

Heather Wolfe kindly commented that "there's an emblem with that title, from Whitney, but it pairs two different things (not patience and woe). It appears in other emblem books as well, but with the same shovel/sword."

Gibson 116b. Item #123021

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