A beautiful Zaehnsdorf fine binding graces this 1st edition The Muse of Monarchy; Poems by Kings and Queens of England.
The cover boasts the arms of the Order of the Garter. The Order of the Garter (formally the Most Noble Order of the Garter) is an order of chivalry founded by Edward III in 1348 and regarded as the most prestigious British order of chivalry (though in precedence inferior to the military Victoria Cross and George Cross) in England and the United Kingdom. It is dedicated to the image and arms of Saint George, England's patron saint. Appointments are made at the Sovereign's sole discretion. Membership of the Order is limited to the Sovereign, the Prince of Wales, and no more than 24 living members, or Companions.
Regarding the front medallion, typically the garter surrounds a cross, but in this example it surrounds the arms of England in the 15th and 16th century (at times); research finds "the arms of the Knights and Ladies may be encircled by the garter". This particular arms is probably in recognition of Queen Elizabeth, whose poems are found within the work.
About the Work -
Poems from many Kings and Queens including: Henry VI, Elizabeth of York, Queen Elizabeth, Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Edward VI, James I, Charles I, Charles II, Charlotte Sophia. Also, translations from Richard I, Edward II, Jane Dudley,
Physical Attributes -
Measures 24 x 15 x 1 cm. Moroccan leather. Title and year in gilt on spine with two raised bands. Central medallion of the Order of the Garter. Turn-ins are gilt ruled, and signed by Zaehnsdorf. Rough cut papers, with deckled edges. Top edge gilt. Pages (I) viii, 50, (3)
See pictures. The binding is very handsome, but if you scrutinize it, in the right light, you can barely make out a few rubs, slightly darker areas, etc., mostly very nice though. Turn-ins have lightly ghosted onto flyleaves. No writing or tears inside. A great looking, bright, binding and book.
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