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    John Pettus. Foedinae Regales. Or The History, Laws And Places Of The Chief Mines and Mineral Works in England, Wales, and the English Pale in Ireland. As also of the Mint and Mony. With A Clavis Explaining some difficult Words relating to Mines, &c. London: H[enry] L[loyd] and R[obert] B[attersby] for Thomas Basset, 1670. First edition. Folio. ยน2, A-2I2. [12], 108, [7], [1] pages. Portrait of Pettus by William Sherwin, text engravings, two full-page plates (small repairs to margin of one plate). Circa 19th century half calf over marbled boards, rebacked, banded spine, title on red leather label, long bibliographic inscription by Gilbert R. Redgrave (bibliographer) with his bookplate; book label of J.A. Freilich; portrait laid down with repaired tear and blank part of margin repaired, soiling and marginal damp stains. A very good copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Sir John Pettus (1613-1690), was deputy governor of the royal mines, "Originally a man of considerable wealth, he had purchased Cheston Hall, Suffolk, and other estates; but he lost more than 20,000l. in the royal cause, and in later life he appears to have been several times imprisoned for debt. In July 1679 he wrote to Sancroft from the king's bench prison, begging for a loan of 20l. to set him free, and in 1683 he was said to be 'now reduced to nothing.' He was deputy governor of the royal mines for more than thirty-five years." [DNB] Wing P1908. ESTC r190. Hoover 634, Sweet & Maxwell 467:4.

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