De praesulibus Angliae commentarius: omnium episcoporum necnon et cardinalium eiusdem gentis, nomina, tempora, seriem...,

De praesulibus Angliae commentarius: omnium episcoporum necnon et cardinalium eiusdem gentis, nomina, tempora, seriem...,
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London: John Bill, ex officina Nortoniana, 1616 [but 1621?]. Small 4to, [16], 664, 180, 16 pp. Woodcut device on title, some early ink annotations, bookplate of Philip Lord Hardwicke. Modern brown morocco incorporating the original binding of contemporary calf gilt, sides with elaborate cornerpieces and royal arms, all edges gilt. Covers neatly restored at edges, tape repair to one corner. Godwin’s most important work, being a compilation of the biographies of all the bishops and archbishops of England to that date. First edition, second issue (with the additions at end), a very interesting copy with a chequered history. Maggs cat. 1471 #35 describe in detail how this copy was once a presentation copy from the author (leaf later removed c. 1887-1906 and replaced), and the provenance went on to include Lord Hardwicke, Quaritch bindings cat. in 1889 #975, auction 1906 (author’s presentation now removed), Leighton catalogue c. 1910, H.N. Leftwich, Bonham’s 2005 (anonymous). Maggs 2014 to John Rodrigues [£1500]. STC 11942. (Item Id: 106855)

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