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John Stow (c. 1525-1605)

The Annales of England, faithfully collected out of the most autenticall authors, records and other monuments of antiquitie, lately collected, from the first habitation untill this present yeare 1605 / by John Stow. 1605

Contemporary dark brown calf binding, with blind- and gold-tooling on both sides and spine. On both boards, an outer border consisting of a single gold-tooled fillet line, surmounted by two blind-tooled single-fillet lines; inner border of the same, with triple-lobed flower gold-tooled in each corner. In the centre, the gold-tooled quartered arms of England and France, surmounted by a crown, surrounded by the garter, with an outer diamond-shaped border of vine leaves. Spine divided into six compartments by raised bands, each with a blind-tooled fillet line to either side. Each compartment apart from the second gold-tooled with central ‘S’-shaped vine tool with a flower-head to either side. Second compartment contains an additional, lighter-brown piece of leather (later?) with the gold-tooled title: ‘STOW’S CHRONICLE’’; sixth compartment tooled: ‘1605’; head and tail of spine gold-tooled with double vine roll. Evidence of ties (pair of holes) on both boards. | 23.5 x 10.5 cm (book measurement (inventory)) | RCIN 1021524

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  • This edition of Stowe’s Annales was published in 1605, two years after the union of the Scottish and English crowns under James I. However, the arms on the binding are those of England and France, rather than those of England, France, Scotland and Ireland used after James' accession. The style of the arms is very similar to an armorial tool of Elizabeth I's arms on the binding of a book now in Winchester College: John R., The svmme of the conference betweene Iohn Rainoldes and Iohn Hart: tovching the head and the faith of the church (London, 1598). It is possible that the armorial tool on this copy of Stowe’s Annales was an old tool from Elizabeth's reign, reused on this later binding.
    Provenance

    In the library of John S. Packington; probably acquired by the Royal Library in the nineteenth century.

  • Medium and techniques

    Contemporary dark brown calf binding, with blind- and gold-tooling on both sides and spine. On both boards, an outer border consisting of a single gold-tooled fillet line, surmounted by two blind-tooled single-fillet lines; inner border of the same, with triple-lobed flower gold-tooled in each corner. In the centre, the gold-tooled quartered arms of England and France, surmounted by a crown, surrounded by the garter, with an outer diamond-shaped border of vine leaves. Spine divided into six compartments by raised bands, each with a blind-tooled fillet line to either side. Each compartment apart from the second gold-tooled with central ‘S’-shaped vine tool with a flower-head to either side. Second compartment contains an additional, lighter-brown piece of leather (later?) with the gold-tooled title: ‘STOW’S CHRONICLE’’; sixth compartment tooled: ‘1605’; head and tail of spine gold-tooled with double vine roll. Evidence of ties (pair of holes) on both boards.

    Measurements

    23.5 x 10.5 cm (book measurement (inventory))

    23.4 x 17.5 x 10.5 cm (book measurement (conservation))