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Book Description
Folio. a.e.g. Engraved title, with facing engraved plate, title, dedication, x, 871pp. An exceptional and unique copy signed by Weever "To the Right Honourable Thomas Viscount Maidstone Jo: Weever presents these his imperfect labours." The inscription is similar to the one in Queens'College Cambridge where the inscription reads: "To the learned and judicious view of the Master and Fellows of Queens' College Cambridge John Weever presents these his imperfect Labours." Weever studied at Cambridge. The copy also unique in another respect as it has the Royal Coat of Arms, gilt, inserted into the front and rear boards. The writer was reliably informed that this Coat of Arms is pre Civil War and was probably obtained when the Royal Library was sacked. It makes this copy unique. Small Folio, calf binding, gilt lettering and image of a castle on the spine, all edges gilt, and lined quality paper. ffep's with inscription, xx pp [including engraving of the author facing engraved title page, evidently by Thomas Cecil, second title page, dedication to King Charles, The Author to the Reader, A Table of the Discourse & Errata, 871pp. This work covers the funeral monuments in the diocese of Canterbury, Rochester, London and Norwich. Evidently he intended to produce another one or two volumes covering other diocese and the notes of his work are held in the Library of the Society of Antiquaries. Weever was not only an antiquarian but produced poetry long before he started his work on the Monuments, and was the friend of many literary people of his age. Funeral Monuments is 'larded' with poetry and he had verses to Stratford upon Avon mentioning Shakespeare. In this work he addressed several epigrams to contemporary literary figures. In late 1599 appeared Weever's "Epigrammes in the Oldest Cut, and Newest Fashion" it was published in London. One of these, ‘Ad Gulielmum Shakespear’ is the earliest known complete poem addressed to Shakespeare, and is also the only poem in the volume to take the form of a Shakespearian sonnet. Printer’s errors result in a number mispaginations but the work is complete as the text is continuous as is the gathering. There are engraved images in the text pages 292, 293, full page engraved images pages 494 495, engravings 652, 654, 698, 772, 773, 774, 775, 841, 843, 844, 846, 849, 850, & 851. There three generally minor defects: Piece missing from top corner of pages 583/84 with loss of page number but no loss of text, + small burn hole in margin., small piece missing from page 623 with no loss of text, and tear in pages 649/50 with loss of one letter. This is an extremely clean, crisp copy.
Author Weever, John (1575/6 – 1632) was a poet and antiquary. Signed by author.
Date 1631
Binding Full original calf with Royal Coat of Arms inserted. A.E.G.
Publisher London: Printed by Thomas Harper. And are to be sold in Little Britayne by Laurence Sadler at the sign of the Golden Lion. 1631
Condition Front board is a little weak one page tear with loss of a letter else, Very Good.

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