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    Manuscript Leaves from
    The History of Fate and Sacrilege

    Henry Spelman. Manuscript Excerpt from History and Fate of Sacrilege. [Possibly London, n.d., ca. 1632]. Eleven folio leaves. Approximately 11.5 x 7.5. Each leaf tipped-onto a later blank leaf; these in turn bound together in modern half brown morocco over marbled boards, spine ruled in gilt, light brown gilt morocco lettering label. Manuscript leaves generally crisp with very little foxing. Some mild wear to binding, else fine. Leaves from History and Fate of Sacrilege (eventually printed in 1698). These manuscript leaves consist of chapter VIII from the book, pages 243 through 260. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    "In 1594, Spelman's purchases of leases of Blackborough and Wormegay Abbeys from the crown lessees caused him to be involved in extensive litigation in chancery, which was not settled until 1625 by the Lord Keeper, Sir Thomas Coventry. When Sir Francis Bacon heard the case, he found against Spelman, which perhaps explains his involvement in petitioning Parliament against the Lord Chancellor. It was in his unhappy tribulations over these former church properties that Spelman first discerned the infelicity of meddling with consecrated places. He was still collecting material on the punishment meted out to those committing sacrilege in 1633, but his work, The History and Fate of Sacrilege, although sent to the printers in 1663, was delayed in the press and temporarily lost during the fire of London. It was subsequently recovered by Edmund Gibson, but remained unpublished until 1698." (Oxford DNB). With exceptional provenance, last leaf docketed with note from Henry's son, Clement Spelman: "I received this copy of my Father Sr. H. Spelman collected from my nephew Charles Spelman. C. Spelm." Clement Spelman (1598-1679), cursitor of the exchequer and youngest son of Sir. Henry Spelman. Clement also wrote the preface to the 1646 edition of his father's treatise De non temerandis Ecclesiis. We don't believe it probable that this manuscript is in the hand of Henry Spelman (though it is possible), but it certainly is an early copy since Clement died in 1679.

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