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1 R. V. (Richard Verstegan, Verstegen (aka Rowlands) ) A RESTITUTION OF INTELLIGENCE: IN ANTIQUITIES, CONCERNING THE MOST NOBLE AND RENOWNED ENGLISH NATION.
London: "Printed by John Bill, Printer to the Kings most Excellent Majestie," 1628 1st edition was 1605. Bound in what appears to be the original full brow Hinges cracked but still attached and tight. Rubbed particularly along the edges and the raised spine bands. Corner are worn and moderate overall wear. Still tight and makes a nice Antiquarian appearance. Pages are uniformally age-toned, but no foxing, except on the end papers and lightly on the title page. Front end paper is loose but still attached. 
Illustrated title page. Illustrated with copper-plates which according to Lowndes, Vol. III of Dictionary of National Biography, are likely the work of the author who was an artist of some ability and executed many of his own engravings. This book covers the origins of England including early invasions and roots of the Anglo-Saxon language. The author, was a zealous Roman Catholic and critical of Elizabeth I for her treatment of Catholics. At the end of 1581 he secretly printed an account of the execution of Edmund Campion but was discovered and fled England. In exile he resumed the name of Verstegen, which was his birth name. In Paris he was briefly imprisoned at the insistence of the English Ambassador; in Rome, he was the recipient of a short-lived pension from the pope. In both of these cities he published accounts of the suffering of priests in England. In 1585 or 1586 he moved to Antwerp, and set up in business as a publisher and engraver, an intelligencer, and a smuggler of books and people. He spent the rest of his long life in Antwerp, dying there in 1640. 
Price: 360.00 USD
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