With a Eulogy for Selden by Ben Jonson Selden, John [1584-1654]. Titles of Honor, By Iohn Selden. London: Printed by William Stansby for Richard Whittakers, 1632. [xxxvi], 67, 98-102, 101-941,  pp. Pagination irregular, text complete. Copperplate portrait frontispiece, woodcut, and a few copperplate, text illustrations. Folio (11" x 7"). Eighteenth-century speckled sheep, rebacked retaining spine, gilt-stamped owner insignia to front and rear boards, raised bands, recent (?) period-style lettering piece and, at foot, "1632" to spine, hinges mended. A few negligible light scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities. Title page printed in red and black. Moderate toning, somewhat heavier in places, faint dampstaining to foot of text block below text, notes in early hand to a few leaves, early owner signatures to front endleaves, light soiling to title page. A strikingly handsome binding. $1,000. * Second edition, one of two issues from 1632. With a eulogy by Ben Jonson. Selden's great historical work on nobility begins with a general discussion of titles and nobility. The following chapters consider the nobility of ancient Greece and Rome, Europe, the British Isles, the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox Churches, the Middle East and Asia. The final chapters survey various aspects of ceremony and precedence. First published in 1614, this work went through three editions. The third is the best because it contains substantial additions. The text has numerous illustrations of court dress, insignia and maps. English Short-Title Catalogue S124237.
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