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    King James I Binding
    His Chief-Justice's Copy of

    An Exposicion of the Kinges Prerogative

    [King James I, Association Copy]. (Sir William) Staunford. Les Plees del Coron. London: Richard Tottyll, 1560. [bound with:] Sir William Staunford. An exposicion of the kinges prerogative collected out of the great abridgement of Justice Fitzherbert... London: Rychard Tottel, 1568. Second editions. Two works bound in one octavo volume. [14], 198; [1], 85 leaves. Black letter printing in both. Two title pages, first with a decorative woodcut border. Bound in full calf with the gilt royal coat of arms stamped on both boards, corners restored, rebacked with remnants of old backstrip laid down, four raised spine bands with faded gilt designs in compartments. Broken tie remnants on pastedowns. Two previous catalog entries mounted on front pastedown. Housed in a custom cloth clamshell book box with gilt lettered leather title label on spine.

    The King James I coat of arms features the motto "Honi soit qui mal y pense" (translation: "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it") and the initials of his Chief Justice "I.S.", John Savile, stamped on either side. Savile's copy with an ink inscription beside score marks on last page of Les Plees del Coron bearing the name of "Jo Savile". The title page for An exposicion... is inscribed "Liber Johannis Savile/ 1607".

    Binding rubbed, scuffed and lightly crazed, front joint cracked, rear board with dent in fore-edge. Hinges reinforced. Foxing, soiling and stains. Heavier spot of soiling on second title page. Ink marks and annotations, some partially erased. Pages with edge wear, creases, small tears and minor paper losses. Overall, a fascinating royal association copy.

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