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[English History]. [Verstegan, Richard]. A Restitution of Decayed Intelligence: In antiquities. Antwerp: Robert Bruney, 1605. Quarto. 178 x 122 mm. [24], 338, [14] pp. (a few printer's errors in pagination.) Engraved vignette of the Tower of Babel on the title page, title printed in red and black, engraved coat-of-arms, ten fine half-page engravings in the text, woodcut ornaments. Bound in a very fine English "Etruscan style" acid stained calf with green spine and red label, decorated in gilt. Extremeties rubbed, a fine example.
First edition, a very lovely example in an important binding. See Nixon, Five Centuries of English Bookbinding 79 for a more ornate but similar example. The illustrations are certainly evocative of emblems. Among the lore herein is the earliest known version of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, made popular two centuries later by Robert Browning. Verstegen (fl. 1565-1620, née Richard Rowlands) was a London-born recusant of Dutch parentage who returned to the Netherlands to escape persecution. He distinguished himself early in the study of English history and Anglo-Saxon. This book, which gives "a summary of the early invasions of Great Britain, the formation of its languages, surnames, and other matters, and exhibits [Verstegen's] knowledge of Anglo-Saxon [is] the most interesting of all his works" (DNB). (#kfk759) $4,500.00

 

 

 

 

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