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Ownership inscription on front flyleaf: H. Crofts.
Bookplate: Sir John Saunders Seabright.
Script: English secretary hand.
Decoration: numerous illustrations of coats of arms and other genealogical decorations. Full-page, full-color illustrations on pages 13-14 and page 34.
Title from spine.
Binding: eighteenth-century half russia, gilt.
Formerly owned by Sir Francis Bacon; H. Crofts; Sir John Saunders Sebright; Captain Allan Spowers. Purchased from Christie's (Christie's London sale, 2013 November 20, lot 57) on the James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Fund, 2013.
Autograph manuscript, signed, of a highly decorated and illustrated genealogy of the rulers of England from Egbert of Wessex to Queen Elizabeth I. The genealogical trees are illustrated with coats of arms, in full color, as well as marriage symbols and other decorations. Pages 13-14 and 33-34 are parchment rather than paper and contain an abbreviated and stylized family tree for Elizabeth I; color illustrations of an angelic figure with a trumpet and an armored knight; and a full-color chart with the white and red roses of York and Lancaster as the central roundel containing the name of Elizabeth I. The charts are followed by "Briefe observations of the disposition, of everie severall kynge of England from William the Conqueror untill this present 1592." The text concludes with Colman's monogram in red ink. The volume concludes with a full-color illustration of the coat of arms of Sir Francis Bacon.
i + 39 + i leaves: paper ; 425 x 270 mm.
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