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    John Anstis, ed. [Order of the Garter] The Register Of the Most Noble Order Of The Garter, From its Cover in Black Velvet, Usually Called The Black Book: With Notes Placed at the Bottom of the Pages, And An Introduction Prefixed by the Editor. London: John Barber, 1724. Krown & Spellman retail: $850. First Edition. Large Folio. 2 vols. 410 x 253mm. a-h2, i1, B- 6C2, 6D1, [2]A-[2]S2; [A]-6L2; [2], xxiv. 470, lxxii; [2],500p. Contemporary spotted calf, spines banded, gilt, volume one has the upper portion of the spine restored, volume two lacks title pieces, crack in head of spine, cracked joints but strong, marbled endpapers, bookplate of "The Grove", minor foxing, some light dampstains & other minor stains. 2 Engraved extra-titles [repeated] by J. Sympson, 14 (2 double-page) full-page plates; engraved head-and tail-pieces, engraved historiated initials. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    More Information: Anstis, John (1669-1744), herald and antiquary. "Despite his reputation as a Jacobite, and his friendship with fellow antiquarians-but unreconstructed Jacobites-such as Thomas Hearne, he was able to form a working relationship with Sir Robert Walpole. No doubt this was because his main activities were now centered around his duties as Garter king of arms and his associated antiquarian interests. In 1724 he obtained an order for publishing the Register of the Order of the Garter, which was printed at his own expense....The London Magazine (1744) wrote of him following his death that 'in him were joined the learning of Camden, and the industry, without the inaccuracies of Sir William Dugdale' (p. 153). Leake criticized his 'prolixity' and his appearance 'of a just proportion and middle size, but of a swarthy complexion, a great sloven, and so begrimed in snuff' but also noted that 'he had a capacity and genius for his profession, joined with industry, judgement and a great memory' (Wagner and Rowse, 24). Anstis was an indefatigable antiquarian whose correspondence with fellow scholars such as Thomas Hearne and Humfrey Wanley testifies to his wide interests." [Oxford DNB]       ESTC t140331. Lowndes I,50. Moule CCCCLXXVII (p321f).

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