1575 Kett's Rebellion & Norwich, Alexander Neville. British armorial binding


First edition of Alexander Neville's history of the Kett's Rebellion (De Furoribus Norfolciensim Ketto Duce) as well as his description of Norwich (Eiusdem Norvicus). This copy with notable provenance of the 18th century antiquarian Sir Andrew Fountaine. With a number of decorative devices including a coat-of-arms and historiated initials, among others.

About the Literature - Neville’s major work was this account, in Latin, of Kett's rebellion of 1549, to which he appended a description of Norwich and its antiquities. Kett's Rebellion was a revolt in Norfolk, England during the reign of Edward VI, largely in response to the enclosure of land. It began at Wymondham on 8 July 1549 with a group of rebels destroying fences that had been put up by wealthy landowners. One of their targets was yeoman farmer Robert Kett who, instead of resisting the rebels, agreed to their demands and offered to lead them. Kett and his forces, joined by recruits from Norwich and the surrounding countryside and numbering some 16,000, set up camp on Mousehold Heath to the north-east of the city on 12 July. The rebels stormed Norwich on 29 July and took the city. But on 1 August the rebels were defeated by an army led by the Marquess of Northampton who had been sent by the government to suppress the uprising.

Includes the famous English prophecy, in English, “The cutry (country) gnooffes Hob, Dick, and Hick, with clubs and clouted shoon, shall fill up Dussindale with slaughtered bodies soon.”

Provenance Armorial elephant stamps highlight the provenance of Sir Andrew Fountaine. Sir Andrew Fountaine (1676 in Salle, Norfolk – 4 September 1753 in Narford Hall, Narford) was an English antiquarian, art collector and amateur architect.

The Physical Book Printed by Henry Bynneman in London, 1575. Bynneman enjoyed some distinction in the 16th century, including a royal privilege for printing.

Brown calfskin. Front board has a double fillet border. The raised ribs (5) of the spine divide the spine into 6 compartments. The tooling of the title is barely visible in the second compartment. The other compartments are framed by fillet with an elephant stamp at the center of each with floral corner decorations. Paper edges sprinkled red. One title page with decorative border, one full-page coat-of-arms (there is a second of each, but facsimile; see condition description). Six historiated intials, two with impressive coats-of-arms incorporated. Measures 19.5 x 15 x 2.5 cm

Pagination - Free front endpaper, (1 unnumbered blank leaf), Title page, 6 leaves for the introductory items, 1 blank leaf, 156 pages for the work on Kett's Rebellion, Title page of work on Norwich, 5 introduction/dedication/etc. leaves, 207 pages, 13 pages listing the Sheriffs of Norwich, free rear endpaper.

Condition of the Book See pictures. Well worn. All corners exposed through leather. Boards rubbed. Front joint repaired in a minimalist fashion in respect to the spine elephants, rear joint cracked (cords holding rear board). Spine split in the middle, cords holding. New front endpaper. Front and rear hinge strengthened with Japan paper. Flap at top and bottom of spine missing (headband still in place). Several marks to title sheet (with a small monogram towards the bottom). Evidence of repair to coat-of-arms. Two of the introductory leaves have 2"" tears extending from the bottom margin. Cii has a 1 inch u-shaped tear. Xii has a 2"" tear from the fore-edge. Some foxing throughout, and occasional wormholes. Occasional marginalia. There were three leaves missing when I received the book. Leaves Rii and Riii were missing, so I found another copy and copied it to print an appropriate bi-fold on acid-free paper from Thunderbolt Paper that is simply placed in the book (not glued/tipped in). Also, the title page for the work on Norwich was missing, so I did the same for that sheet (see the last picture I shared). The Thunderbolt paper is a near color match and acid free. With these two pieces the work is complete.

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