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 5-1/4"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, rebacked in period style with raised bands and retained existing lettering piece. Faint staining and a few minor nicks and scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with wear to corners, which are lightly bumped, pastedowns loose. Moderate toning to interior, offsetting and light edgewear to endleaves, early owner inscription in tiny hand to head of title page identifying author, later owner signature (Wm. Js. Banker, dated 1905) to verso of front board. $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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