“HENRY GASCOIGNE’S COPY
SECRETARY TO THE DUKE OF ORMONDE”
JAMES I, King of England. The Workes of the Most High and Mightie Prince, Iames by the Grace of God, King of Great Britaine, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c : Published by Iames, Bishop of Winton, and Deane of his Maiesties Chappel Royall. London: Printed by Robert Barker and Iohn Bill, Printers to the Kings Most Excellent Maiestie, anno 1616. Folio. pp. , 569, . Contemporary full calf, covers bordered with a single gilt rule, enclosing a central gilt oval with a strap-work design. Spine and corners professionally repaired. From the library of Henry Gascoigne, Secretary to James Butler, Duke of Ormonde, with his signature on half title, dedication leaf and final page. Paper repair to titlepage, some old staining. A very good copy.
“Our copy collates with the BL and Cambridge copies. Preliminaries: Half-title: A Collection of His Maiesties workes, with portrait of James on verso, engraved titlepage (dated 1616), letter-press titlepage, full-page woodcut of royal arms, dedication to Prince Charles, with his portrait at head.
With an additional titlepage, engraved, signed: Renold Elstrack sculpsit. Colophon: Imprinted at London by Robert Barker, and Iohn bill, printers to the Kings most excellent Maiestie. Anno dom. 1616. Cum Priuilegio. Woodcut historiated initials, head and tail pieces. Text within ruled frames.
Henry Gascoigne was private secretary to James Butler, First Duke of Ormonde. His position required considerable travel, and in 1682 the Gascoignes moved to London where they accompanied Ormonde. After the latter’s death in 1688, he remained on as private secretary to the Second Duke until 1693. Gascoigne was also Chancellor to the University of Oxford.” JAMES I, King of England.