Valuable Source on Queen Elizabeth's Parliaments D'Ewes, Sir Simonds [1602-1650], Compiler. Bowes, Paul (d. 1702), Editor. The Journals of All the Parliaments During the Reign of Queen Elizabeth, Both of the House of Lords and House of Commons. Revised and Published by Paul Bowes, of the Middle Temple London, Esq. London: Printed for John Starkey, 1682. [xii], 689,  pp. Main text in parallel columns. Splendid copperplate frontispiece of Queen Elizabeth in Parliament misbound facing first page of main text. Folio (14-1/4" x 9-1/4"). Contemporary mottled calf, raised bands and later lettering piece to spine, marbled edges, joints and spine ends sympathetically reinforced, hinges mended. Moderate rubbing to boards and board edges, corners bumped and somewhat worn, early armorial bookplate (of Sir Henry Echlin) to front pastedown. Moderate toning to text, faint dampspotting and dampstaining to margins in places, minor worming to lower margins through p. 55, brief early annotations to a few leaves. $500. * First edition. Described as "a great and very valuable work" in the Dictionary of National Biography, this remains the most valuable source on the parliaments of Elizabeth I. Sweet & Maxwell note that it "supplies a chasm in the journals of the House of Commons, published by order of parliament." D'Ewes was an important English antiquarian. After his death his nephew, Paul Bowes, prepared the Journals for publication. A second edition, which had two issues, was published in 1693. Dictionary of National Biography V:903. English Short Title Catalogue R303.
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