Oxoniæ [Oxford]: E Theatro Sheldoniano, . First edition from the polymath and noted book collector Isaac Vossius. According to contemporary antiquarian Anthony Wood, Vossius accumulated “the best private library, as it was then supposed, in the whole world” Wood, Ath. Oxon., 3rd ed., 2.323; DNB. Later in his life, Vossius emigrated to England, received a degree in civil law from Oxford, and became residentiary canon at Windsor in 1673, a post he held until 1688. Id.
With the bequeathal bookplate of John Robinson, bishop of London. The bookplate appears in Ellis I 4809 and BM 25278. Perhaps more importantly, with the ownership signature “Chr. Robinson” which appears to be the signature of John Robinson’s elder brother, who was a founding trustee of William and Mary and the patriarch of one of the lesser so-called First Families of Virginia. The Robinson Family papers are held at the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. See also Blake, Archaeology of a Female Landowner c. 1768-1832.
8vo. , 101pp., , 56pp., , missing errata leaf. ESTC R696. Wing V700. Madan III, 3237. Scarce in commerce with no copies shown at auction per RBH. Fair only with the rear board detached and front holding by the threads, heavily foxed and stained, pages toned, full calf heavily worn, page edges heavily worn with loss, but nevertheless a unique copy given the provenance. Item #192