MAGNIFICENT LARGE PAPER COPY, BOUND BY BEDFORD
SANDFORD, Francis; STEBBING, Samuel.
A Genealogical History of the Kings and Queens of England, and Monarchs
of Great Britain, &c. From the Conquest, Anno 1066. to the Year 1707. In Seven
Parts or Books. Containing A Discourse of their several Lives, Marriages,
and Issues; with the Times of their Births, Deaths, Places of Burial, and
Monumental Inscriptions. Also, Their Effigies, Seals, Tombs, Cenotaphs, Devises,
Arms, Quarterings, Crests, and Supporters; All Curiously Engraven in Copper-Plates.
First Publish'd to the Beginning of King Charles the Second's Reign, by Francis
Sanford, Esq; Lancaster Herald of Arms: And Continued to this Time, with many
New Sculptures, Additions, and Annotations; As likewise the Descents of divers
Illustrious Families, now Flourishing, Maternally Descended from the Said
Monarchs, or from Collateral Branches of the Royal Blood of England; By Samuel
Stebbing, Esq; Somerset Herald.
London, M. Jenour for John Nicholson and Robert Knaplock, 1707.
Large folio (17-7/8 x 11-3/4 in.), pp. xi + 878 + xxvii. Bound in full crimson
morocco by Francis Bedford (his stamp lower front dentelle), gilt titles and
elaborate decoration to spine, gilt decorative rules and panels to covers,
gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. 69 full-page engravings,
5 engraved folding plates, and numerous other text illustrations, some nearly
full-page. Slight wear to spine joints, few negligible stains to covers, dampstain
on blank verso of errata leaf, otherwise fine, a beautiful copy with crisp
and clean paper, the plates sparkling.
The second, much enlarged and wholly preferred edition of this work, originally
sponsored by Charles II, by the noted English genealogist, Francis Sandford,
revised and supplemented onward from 1677 to 1707 by Samuel Stebbing. The
engravings are principally by Hollar and Gaywood. A stunning example, superbly
bound by Bedford, of the large paper issue of only 25 copies.
Provenance: Baron Crewe (his armorial bookplate on first marble pastedown).
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