The Baronage of England, or an Historical Account of the Lives and most memorable Actions of our English Nobility in the Saxons time, to the Norman Conquest; and from thence, of those who had their rise before the end of King Henry the Third’s Reign. Deduced from Publick Records, Antient Historians, and other Authorities, by William Dugdale Norroy King of Arms. Tome the First. [- Tome the Second.]

DUGDALE William (1676])

£8000.00  [First Edition]

Available to view at our Curzon Street shop.

First Edition. 2 vols. in 1. Folio. [Text: 412 x 230 mm]. 790, [2 (index); [8], 312 [Ss-Zz4 are omitted], 361-488, [4 (index)] pp. Light browning, occasional minor stains. Contemporary binding by Roger Bartlett of Oxford of black morocco, the covers tooled in gilt with a tall roll-tooled “cottage-roof” panel, the roof formed by strawberry volutes with clusters of strawberry volutes and a fleuron hanging from the eaves, leafy sprays and flowers in the corners and centre of the long sides. Spine with six bands, the second panel lettered in gilt on a red goatskin label with a pair of gilt stepped corner tools below, the third and sixth panels filled with repeated gilt impressions of a strawberry roll, the others with a central lozenge formed by a pair of fleurons with the stepped triangular corner tools in the corners. Comb-marbled endleaves. All edges gilt, with an original, although rather simple, fore-edge painting under the gilt of flowers and leaves drawn in ink and coloured in pink and light blue (joints rubbed, particularly at the bands and cracked in the top and bottom panels, corners slightly bumped). 


London by Tho. Newcomb, for Abel Roper, John Martin, and Henry Herringman, 1675 [-

Wing D2480. Vol. 2: 2nd state of the errata (b2v) with two paragraphs; 2nd state of leaf Rr2 (column 2, line 1 ends “Earl of”).


"Dugdale’s scholarly industry from the 1650s to the 1670s was prodigious. ... After thirty years of accumulating material towards a history of the nobility, Dugdale energetically applied himself to its completion in the later 1660s and the early seventies. Long delayed in the press, the first volume of The Baronage of England eventually appeared in 1676; the second and third were printed together in 1677 [recte 1676]. It is a history of the aristocracy and its deeds since Saxon times, an immense work of genealogical scholarship derived from sound sources that retains its value to the present day." (ODNB).


"This volume has been described by a present-day member of the College of Heralds [Michael Maclagan] as 'a landmark in the history of English genealogical scholarship. ... Here for the first time is a ast and solid work of scholarship, almost every statement in which is directly referred to an original source. Modern scholarship may have revised some of Dugdale's judgements [but] our apparatus criticus stems back to the massive marginalia of this great work'." - Parry (Graham), The Trophies of Time: English Antiquarians of the Seventeenth Century (1995), p. 224. 


A handsome and typical large Roger Bartlett binding with a number of the tools listed by H. M. Nixon in “Roger Bartlett’s Bookbindings”, in The Library (March 1962), pp. 56-65: Tools 2, 4, 14, 20, ?22, 33a & 51 and Rolls ?1 but also with some fifteen other tools not listed by Nixon.  Other folio Bartlett bindings with very similar cottage-roof designs and with similar fore-edge paintings are on a copy of Ogilby‘s Vergil (1668), in Maggs Catalogue 1075/74 [also owned Theophila Dyve], a copy of Henrico Caterino Davila’s The Historie of the Civill Warres of France (1647) in Maggs Catalogue 1212/44 [also owned by Theophila Dyve], a copy of Sir Thomas North‘s Plutarch (1657) from the Clements collection sold at Sotheby’s on 6/7/1966, lot 645 [there was no mention of earlier provenance but it is nice to think that it may also have been a Dyve book as it was exceptional for non-theological works or works of non-royal authorship to have fore-edge paintings at this time]. Also with fore-edge paintings, but in 8vo, is a now broken-up set of Thomas Comber’s works, two volumes and a fore-edge painting of which are illustrated in G. D. Hobson, English Bindings..... in the collection of J. R. Abbey, nos. 41 & 42. See also Nixon, English Restoration Bookbindings, nos. 117-121, Nixon, Oldaker Collection, no. 6 and I. G. Philip - “Roger Bartlett, Bookbinder” in The Library (December 1955), pp. 233-243. Born about 1633 in Watlington, Oxfordshire, the son of a shoemaker, Roger Bartlett was apprenticed in 1647 to Samuel Satterthwaite in London. He was made free in 1654 and worked in London until 1666 when his shop was destroyed in the Great Fire. He then moved to Oxford and although his name last appears in the University accounts in 1689 he seems to have continued binding until at least 1695 (see Maggs Catalogue 1014/5) and he paid window tax in 1696. He died in 1712 leaving an estate of sixty acres to his two grandsons. Most of Bartlett‘s Oxford bindings must have been in plain calf and hence remain unidentified. Nixon’s catalogue of his tools was based on 25 decorated bindings (and only a few more have been identified since) so it is rather surprising that some two-thirds of the tools on this binding were unknown to him.


Provenance: 1: Signature on the dedication leaf of “Theophila Dyve” and erased signature on the title, probably “ff Dyve” [Francis Dyve]. Theophila Dyve (1632-c.1695), for whom this book may have been bound [she also owned the above mentioned Ogilby‘s Vergil and Davila (where her signature is dated 1669) which were bound by Bartlett to almost the same pattern as the present binding and have similar fore-edge paintings]. She was the daughter of John Hacket, D.D., Bishop of Lichfield. On 14 December 1665 she married, as his 2nd wife, Francis Dyve (1632-85), eldest son of Sir Lewis Dyve, Kt. (1599-1669), of Bromham, Bedfordshire, a prominent royalist courtier and soldier (see ODNB). Francis Dyve was appointed a Gentleman of the King's Privy Chamber in 1669. He inherited the Bromham estate (the manor house was assessed for 15 hearths in 1671) and was also patron of the living and advowson of Stevington in Bedfordshire. In 1672 the living and advowson were conveyed to trustees and in 1695 they were owned by Henry Fleetwood who had married Francis and Theophila's daughter Mary Dyve (b. 1657). Henry Fleetwood also came into possession of Theophila Dyve’s copy of Vergil as it is inscribed “Given by Mr Ffleetwood to Mrs Chetwynd”. Francis Dyve died in 1685 without male heir and the estate passed to his younger brother Capt. Lewis Dyve who died soon after on 1 Jan. 1686[?/7] and whose son, also Lewis, sold it in 1708 to Sir Thomas Trevor, later 1st Baron Trevor. Theophila Dyve's signature also appears in a copy of Edward Grimestone's translation of Jean Francois Le Petit's A Generall Historie of the Netherlands (1609) bound in contemporary calf with the arms of James I in the Folger Shakespeare Library. 2: Anon. sale, Sotheby, 20/4/1931, lot 850, £6/3/- to Sutton. 3: Anon. sale, Sotheby, 12/3/1934, lot 532, £5/3/- to Marks & Co. 4: Philip J. Pirages (2011). 5: Maggs Catalogue 1471/28 (2013), £12500; sold to: 5: Robert S Pirie (1934-2015), sale, Sotheby, New York, 2/12/2015, lot 336 to Maggs.

Stock Code: 221158

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