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Colman, Morgan, Genealogies of the kings of England.
i + 39 + i leaves: paper ; 425 x 270 mm.
Material is open for research.
Autograph manuscript, signed, of a highly decorated and illustrated genealogy of the
rulers of England from Egbert of Wessex to Queen Elizabeth I. The genealogical trees
are illustrated with coats of arms, in full color, as well as marriage symbols and
other decorations. Pages 13-14 and 33-34 are parchment rather than paper and contain
an abbreviated and stylized family tree for Elizabeth I; color illustrations of an
angelic figure with a trumpet and an armored knight; and a full-color chart with the
white and red roses of York and Lancaster as the central roundel containing the name
of Elizabeth I. The charts are followed by "Briefe observations of the disposition,
of everie severall kynge of England from William the Conqueror untill this present
1592." The text concludes with Colman's monogram in red ink. The volume concludes
with a full-color illustration of the coat of arms of Sir Francis Bacon.
Formerly owned by Sir Francis Bacon; H. Crofts; Sir John Saunders Sebright; Captain
Allan Spowers. Purchased from Christie's (Christie's London sale, 2013 November 20,
lot 57) on the James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Fund, 2013.
Ownership inscription on front flyleaf: H. Crofts.
Bookplate: Sir John Saunders Seabright.
Script: English secretary hand.
Decoration: numerous illustrations of coats of arms and other genealogical decorations.
Full-page, full-color illustrations on pages 13-14 and page 34.
Title from spine.
Binding: eighteenth-century half russia, gilt.
Morgan Colman, Genealogies of the Kings of England. James Marshall and Marie-Louise
Osborn Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Bacon, Francis, 1561-1626.
Heraldry -- Great Britain.
Heraldry -- Great Britain -- Early works to 1800.
Kings and rulers -- Biography.
Kings and rulers -- Biography -- Early works to 1800.
Kings and rulers -- Genealogy.
Kings and rulers -- Genealogy -- Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Medieval -- Connecticut -- New Haven.
Manuscripts, Renaissance -- Connecticut -- New Haven.
Great Britain -- Early works to 1800.
Coats of arms -- England -- 16th century.
Manuscripts, Medieval -- England -- 16th century.
Manuscripts, Renaissance -- England -- 16th century.
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Beinecke Library.