The Repertorie of Records: Remaining in the 4 Treasuries on the...
Probably the First Census of English Public Records [Agard, Arthur (1540-1615), Compiler]. [Powell, Thomas (1572?-1643?), Editor]. The Repertorie of Records: Remaining in the 4 Treasuries on the Receipt Side at Westminster: The Two Remembrancers of the Exchequer: With a Briefe Introductive Index of the Records of the Chancery and Tower: Whereby to Give the Better Direction to the Records Abovesaid: As Also, A Most Exact Calendar of All Those Records of the Tower, In Which are Contayned and Comprised Whatsoever May Give Satisfaction to the Searcher, For Tenure or Tytle of Any Thing. London: Printed by B. Alsop and T. Fawcet, For B. Fisher, 1631. [viii], 141, 144-217,  pp. Pagination irregular. Text complete. Quarto (7" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary speckled sheep with recent period-style calf rebacking, blind rules to boards, lettering piece, blind ornaments, gilt-edged raised bands and gilt publication date to spine, endpapers renewed. A few shallow scuffs to boards, a larger scuff to rear board, moderate rubbing to board edges. Light browning to interior, offsetting and light edgewear to preliminaries and rear endleaves, "Char: Gray 1719" to verso of front free endpaper, (illegible) owner signature to title page. $450. * Only edition, one of two issues from 1631. This is probably the first attempt to produce a census of the English public records. The project was begun by Agard; and completed after Agard's death by Powell. English Short-Title Catalogue S122217.
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