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Lot 81: Sandford (Francis) The History of the Coronation of...James II...and... Queen Mary...., 1687

Important Books, Western Manuscripts and Works on Paper: Day One

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15 November 2016

London, United Kingdom

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  • Sandford (Francis) The History of the Coronation of...James II...and... Queen Mary...., 1687
  • Sandford (Francis) The History of the Coronation of...James II...and... Queen Mary...., 1687
  • Sandford (Francis) The History of the Coronation of...James II...and... Queen Mary...., 1687
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Description: Sandford (Francis) The History of the Coronation of...James II...and... Queen Mary..., first edition, imprimatur leaf signed Norfolke & Marshall, title in red and black with engraved coat-of-arms, engraved head-pieces, initials, text illustrations and 30 engraved plates by William Sherwin and others, all but one double-page and mounted on stubs, with an additional double-page engraved plate of 'The Proceeding to the Coronation of their Majesties King William and Queen Mary from Westmr. Hall to Westmr. Abby 11 Apr. 1689' bound at end (short tear to left edge and reinforced at upper edge), occasional light soiling or browning, a few plates with splits to folds, plan of Westminster with short tear, Banqueting plate with a few small stains and tear (repaired), Fireworks plate shaved at upper edge with loss to title, O1 and R1 torn without loss (latter repaired), contemporary panelled calf, rubbed, rebacked with gilt spine preserving old green roan label, corners repaired, folio, [Berlin Kat. 2979, edition with 28 plates; Wing S652a, with 12pp. preliminaries but printer's name in black and 30 plates], by Thomas Newcomb, 1687. ⁂ Magnificent record of James II's lavish coronation which set the model for subsequent coronations. The plates include the regalia, 19 plates of the procession, plans and interior scenes of Westminster Abbey and the coronation itself, the banquet with accompanying seating plan & the dishes served (with list of such in the text), and the fireworks on the Thames (often missing). This copy also includes the procession of William and Mary at their own coronation in 1689.

Notes: Category: Literature, Manuscripts and History

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