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    Ashmole's Beautiful History of the Garter, with Plates by Hollar

    Elias Ashmole. The Institution, Laws & Ceremonies of the Most Noble Order of The Garter. Collected and digested into one body by Elias Ashmole of the Middle-Temple Esq; Windesor Herald at Arms. A work furnished with variety of matter, relating to honor and nobleese. London: J. Macock for Nathanael Brooke, 1672. First Edition, second issue (the second issue has pages 717-9 reset with various mispaginations corrected). Folio. ¹2, a4, B-4U4, a-2c2. [12], 130, 135-136, 149-720, [104], [1]pages. Thirty- seven plates, fifteen double-page, twenty-two full-page, text etching/engravings, head-piece, large historiated initial, almost all of the plates are by Wenceslaus Hollar. Contemporary calf, rebacked in lighter tan leather, title on leather label; endpapers renewed, light foxing and minor stains, very good copy. Lacks portrait of Charles. Most copies (even those seen by Lowndes) have incomplete sets of plates. Plates (Parthay/Pennington numbers, if you include text cuts the total of Hollar works is thirty-two etchings): From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Plate/Page #

    51 Severall ensignes--Religious double P2416

    86 Habits P1986

    94 military--double P2416a

    131 Windsor--double P1072

    132 Windsor prospects --double P1073

    134 Windsor-north-double P1074

    137 Georges-double P1075

    139 prospect-Westend P1077

    140 prospect inside-double P1080

    142 "inside Church" P1082

    144 Cancellor Screen P1083

    145 cancell-East (lacking from Lowndes) P1084

    146 Choire-West--double P1078

    147 Choire-East--double P1079

    202 Insignia-double P 2639

    223 Medals 2tables P2607

    224 Medals-2 tables P2608

    229 Medals P2619

    234 Ancient Habits P584

    235 Present Habits P2638

    247 Medals P2620

    404 manner of Sitting P579

    424 Fireworks - double (lacking from Lowndes) P583

    515 Proceeding -double P580

    576 Grand Procession - double P582

    593 St George Hall - double P581

    642 Portraictures - double P578

    Coats-of-arms

    708-9 P2424/5

    710-11 P2425/2425a

    712-13 P2426/2426a

    714-15 P2427/2427a

    716-17 P2428/2428a

     

     

    Elias Ashmole (1617-1692), astrologer and antiquary. "From the mid-1650's, 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 1650's - 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) traveling 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 1660's, 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." (ODNB).

    Wing A3983. ESTC r225555 [34 plates?]. Berlin Kat. 2326. Hofer 14. CBEL II, 1695. Hiler 49. Lipperheide 1892. Moule CCL.

    Ashmole, Elias. The Institution, Laws & Ceremonies Of the most Noble Order Of The Garter. Collected and digested into one body by Elias Ashmole of the Middle-Temple Esq; Windesor Herald at Arms. A work furnished with variety of matter, relating to honor and nobleese. London: J. Macock for Nathanael Brooke, 1672. Folio. ¹2,a4,B-4U4,a-2c2. [12],130, 135-136, 149-720,[104], [1]p. Contemp. calf, rebacked in lighter tan leather, title on leather label; endpapers renewed, light foxing and minor stains, very good copy.. Lacks port.of Charles; 37 plates; 15 double-page, 22 full-page, text etching/engravings, head-piece, large historiated initial almost all of the plates are by Wenceslaus Hollar.
    Plates (Parthay/Pennington numbers, if you include text cuts the total of Hollar works is 32 etchings)
    Plate/Page #
    51 Severall ensignes--Religious double P2416
    86 Habits P1986
    94 military--double P2416a
    131 Windsor--double P1072
    132 Windsor prospects --double P1073
    134 Windsor-north-double P1074
    137 Georges-double P1075
    139 prospect-Westend P1077
    140 prospect inside-double P1080
    142 "inside Church" P1082
    144 Cancellor Screen P1083
    145 cancell-East (lacking from Lowndes) P1084
    146 Choire-West--double P1078
    147 Choire-East--double P1079
    202 Insignia-double P 2639
    223 Medals 2tables P2607
    224 Medals-2 tables P2608
    229 Medals P2619
    234 Ancient Habits P584
    235 Present Habits P2638
    247 Medals P2620
    404 manner of Sitting P579
    424 Fireworks - double (lacking from Lowndes) P583
    515 Proceeding -double P580
    576 Grand Procession - double P582
    593 St George Hall - double P581
    642 Portraictures - double P578
    Coats-of-arms
    708-9 P2424/5
    710-11 P2425/2425a
    712-13 P2426/2426a
    714-15 P2427/2427a
    716-17 P2428/2428a First Edition, second issue. Ashmole, Elias (1617Ð1692), astrologer and antiquary. ÓFrom 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 Ôlow esteem among usÕ, and how anxious he was to provide a ÔFormularyÕ 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 1650sÑresearch 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 Ôchurch notesÕ 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. [ODNB]

    Most copies (even those seen by Lowndes) have incomplete sets of plates.
    The second issue has pages 717-9 reset with various mispaginations corrected. Wing A3983. ESTC r225555 [34 plates?]. Berlin Kat. 2326. Hofer 14. CBEL II,1695. Hiler 49. Lipperheide 1892. Moule CCL. Heraldry. Knights Orders. Occult. Fireworks.History.Genealogy. Illustrated. England. $3000.0019901 Browne, Sir Thomas. Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Or, Enquiries Into Very many received Tenents And commonly presumed Truths. London: T[homas] H[arper] for Edward Dod, 1646. Folio. a6 [-a1], b4, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4,Aaa4,Bbb6. [18 of 20 lacks licence leaf], 386p. Contemp. paneled morocco, rebacked and recornered in lighter leather, covers slightly warped,old ownerÕs names on endsheets, some toning and dampstains, some small edge tears (longer clean tear on G2). Head-pieces, large historiated initial, decorated initials. First Edition. Sir Thomas Browne (1605-82), physician and author. "His great work, 'Pseudodoxia Epidemica, or Enquiries into very many received tenets and commonly presumed truths, which examined prove but Vulgar and Common Errors,' appeared in 1646 (fol.). On the composition of this treatise, which contains an extraordinary amount of learning and research, he must have been engaged for many years. In the preface he apologizes for having undertaken single-handed a work which well deserved 'the conjunction of many heads.' He knows how difficult it is to eradicate cherished beliefs from men's minds; but he does not despair of gaining a favourable hearing. His professional employment has been at once a hindrance and advantage in the pursuit of his investigations; for though physicians are led in the course of their professional practice to the discovery of many truths, they have not leisure to arrange their materials or make 'those infallible experiments and those assured determinations which the subject sometimes requireth.' He had originally determined to publish his treatise in Latin, but considering that his countrymen, especially the 'ingenuous gentry,' had a prior claim upon his services, he had abandoned his intention and written in English. Readers, however, must be prepared to find the style somewhat difficult; neologism is unavoidable in the conduct of such inquiries 'besides, the writer is addressing not the illiterate many, but the discerning few. To modern readers 'Vulgar Errors' presents an inexhaustible store of entertainment. The attainment of scientific truth was not for Browne the sole object; it is in the discussion itself that he delights, and the more marvellous a fable is, the more sedulously he applies himself to the investigation of its truth. Though he professed his anxiety to dispel popular superstitions, Browne was himself not a little imbued with the spirit of credulity. He believed in astrology, alchemy, witchcraft, and magic, and he never abandoned the Ptolemaic system of astronomy." [DNB] Wing B5159. ESTC r1093. Keynes,Browne,73B. Heiirs of Hippocrates 487. Wheeler Gift 123. Wither to Prior 107. Norman 358. Krvatsy/NLM 1834. Wellcome II,253. Occult. Science. Philosophy. Natural History. Philosophy.



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