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    [Featured Lot] Ashmole, Elias. The Institution, Laws & Ceremonies Of The Most Noble Order Of The Garter; And A Brief account of all other Military Orders of Knighthood in England, Scotland, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Swedenland, Denmark, &c. With the Ensigns of the several Orders... The Catalogue of the Kinghts-Companions and Officers, continued to 1693. London: for Thomas Dring, 1693. Large Folio. 358 x232 mm. ยน2,a4,B-4U4,a-2c2,[2c2 errata page 1/2 blank portion trimmed away.] [12],130, 135-136, 149-720,[104], [1]p. Contemporary calf boards in panel with large blind stamped corner and central pieces; rebacked, title on old black leather label, new endpapers, toned, some foxing, occasional stains, dark stain on last three text leaves before appendix; some plates supplied from a smaller copy (probably from the first edition of 1672.) Lacks portrait of Charles; 22 (of 37) plates; text etching/engravings, head-piece, large historiated initial -- almost all of the plates are by Wenceslaus Hollar. Second Edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $750


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    Ashmole, Elias (1617-1692), astrologer and antiquary. "From the mid-1650s Ashmole became increasingly concerned with antiquarianism and especially with heraldry, interests for which before this date there is little evidence. This probably owed at least something to the fact that about 1655 Ashmole met the great antiquary William Dugdale, with whom he established a close relationship...

    Ashmole shared with Dugdale an interest in heraldry, but his own special antiquarian enthusiasm was for the history of the Order of the Garter. Not only was this the oldest chivalric order in Europe, it was also a quintessentially royalist cult, and Ashmole's championship of it in the interregnum might be seen as a deliberate espousal of monarchist values in defiance of the prevailing republican regime. When writing up his notes after the Restoration he claimed that he began work on his history of the order in 1655, explaining how concerned he had been about its 'low esteem among us,' and how anxious he was to provide a 'Formulary' for posterity of both the legal and the ceremonial aspects of the order. Much of Ashmole's dense archival research for the project was done in the late 1650s--research manifesting an appreciation of the significance of documentary sources that undoubtedly owed much to Dugdale. In these same years Ashmole also spent much time (some of it with Dugdale) travelling around the country making 'church notes' on coats of arms and epitaphs; he thereby served an apprenticeship in heraldry which made him rapidly expert on the rules and technicalities of pedigrees and descents... Ashmole's other chief concern in the years following the Restoration was with the revival of the Order of the Garter. His extensive researches during the later years of the interregnum made him an obvious candidate for consultation on the procedural details of the lavish Garter processions mounted after the Restoration. He also drafted the royal warrant for the replacement of Garter plate in the early 1660s, and, though his application in 1660 to become official historiographer of the order came to nothing, he continued to work on his definitive history of the order. This finally appeared in 1672 as The Institution, Laws and Ceremonies of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, a lavish folio densely packed with detail about the history and personnel of the order, and attractively illustrated with plates by Wenceslaus Hollar."

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