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The Natural History of Staffordshire. by  Robert Plot - First Edition - 1686 - from Paul Haynes Rare Books (SKU: biblio330)

The Natural History of Staffordshire.

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The Natural History of Staffordshire.

by Plot, Robert

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First edition. Printed at the Theatre. Oxford. 1686. Tall quarto. Title; Imprim.; (2)pp; (2)pp; (4)pp; (2)pp; (1)pp; (3)pp; 450pp; index (10)pp; subscriber's list 2pp. Folding map, 37 plates, of which 25 are double. Lacking Plate XXVIIII. Includes the Armes Omitted plate which is often lacking.

Contemporary tooled calf. Relaid to spine, with short split to top. Spine in six compartments with gilt tooling and leather label. Gilt edge embellishment. Commensurate ageing, corners bumped and rubbed. Edges sprinkled. Endpapers renewed. Paper fault to margin of 159/60. Page 417 misnumbered 407. Occasional spotting or toning. A few short closed tears to folds. A nice example, with all the prelims and the subscriber's list. Bookplates to fep.

This work contains the earliest known recorded account of Freemasonry ritual on pages 316 to 318. Plot refers to the Masonic secrets, and mentions "The large parchment vellum they have amongst them, containing the History and Rules of the craft of masonry".

Plot, Robert (bap. 1640, d. 1696) In March 1683 he was appointed Professor of Chemistry, and first Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum. Elias Ashmole's initiation into Freemasonry occurred on 16 October 1646 at Warrington in Lancashire, and he recorded it briefly in his diary.

Provenance: Vernon of Sudbury bookplate. George Vernon (1635-1702) is included in the subscriber's list. The Vernons of Sudbury held Swynnerton and Hilton in Staffordshire. Wright bookplate.


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British History, Archaeology, Plates, Ashmolean, Bookplate, Freemasonry, Natural History
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Paul Haynes has been an antiquarian bookseller since 1978. Based in Hay on Wye, he travels worldwide to buy and sell rare and old books. A member of the ABA, ILAB and PBFA. Paul Haynes Rare Books offers both antiquarian and scarce books in all subjects, with something of a bias towards the owner's passion for Travel and Exploration.


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The collective of the top, fore and bottom edges of the text block of the book, being that part of the edges of the pages of a...[more]
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The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in...[more]
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Highly sought after by some collectors, a book plate is an inscribed or decorative device that identifies the owner, or former...[more]
Pages or book covering made from a prepared animal skin. Parchment describes any animal skin used for books, while vellum is a...[more]
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Full page illustration or photograph. Plates are printed separately from the text of the book, and bound in at production. I.e.,...[more]

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