POWERSCOURT, Seventh Viscount. Muniments of the Ancient Saxon Family of Wingfield.

3,750.00

Compiled by Mervyn Edward, Seventh Viscount Powerscourt, from the Archives in the British Museum, College of Arms, and Records Office, Dublin, and from other sources. Illustrated with family portraits, monuments, tombs, castles, deeds, brass plates and genealogical charts. London: Privately Printed for the Author by Mitchell and Hughes, 1894. Large Quarto. pp. viii, 88, 58 (illustrations). Original reddish-brown cloth, title and armorial bearings of the Wingfield family in gilt on upper cover. Signed presentation copy from Viscount Powerscourt to Sir T.F. Buxton, with his armorial bookplate. Top edge gilt. A fine copy. Exceedingly rare.
COPAC lists only five copies.

Viscount Powerscourt informs us in the preface that these memorials of the Wingfields were commenced in 1880. Miss St. John Neville was commissioned to examine and collate all the records which could be found in the British Museum, Dublin Castle, and elsewhere. She also visited Wingfield Castle in Suffolk, accompanied by Mrs. Morris, daughter of Mr. George Bullen, Librarian to the British Museum, who made drawings of the castle, the tombs and monuments. On the advice of Mr. Bernard Quaritch, the records were put into the hands of Mr. Henry Farnham Burke, Somerset Herald. Added to this work are accounts of the interview of Marshal Wingfield with Queen Elizabeth I on his return from Ireland, which were related to the author by his grand-uncle, Rev. William Wingfield, Vicar of Abbeyleix, who also supplied the anecdotes of the visit of King George IV.

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