Sketch of the History of Caister Castle, near Yarmouth; including Biographical Notices of Sir John Fastolfe and of Different Individuals of the Paston Family. [Association Copy] (Spine title: Historical Sketch of Caister Castle)
Turner, Dawson (Edited by):
Whittaker and Co., / Nichols and Son,
(iv), 144pp, with the fold-out Paston family tree and 12 heavily-foxed plates. Directions to the Binder tipped in at p.1. *** The verso of the half-title bears the armorial bookplate of the Shropshire Benthall family, on which is handwritten 'Francis Benthall Esq. FSA. 1841. Buckfast Abbey.' Benthall, whose 'magnificent assemblage of highly valuable and important books' was sold by Sotheby's in 1855, has, with brown ink and pencil, made very considerable additions to the printed Paston family tree, particularly in increasing the number of Sir William and Bridget (nee Heydon) Paston's offspring from two to nine, and adding several generations of their descent. Bound in at the front of the book are two MSS also in his own hand: a): a double page on which he has written out a 'Coppie of a Letter from the Lady Margaret, Mother to King Henry the seventh' concerning the Paston lands, together with a note concerning the 'forty nine... noble families having a share of Paston blood'; and b): a foldout family tree of 'The descent of the marriage of Sir Wm Paston... and Ann Beaufort...', which finds the connection to his own family, the Benthalls. *** Browning to a few pages, principally those adjacent to the plates, pages otherwise clean. Tall 8vo, 9 x 5.6 ins, in contemporary grained cloth ruled and decorated in blind with gilt spine title. Newish endpapers confirms impression of it having been refurbished in modern times. Scarce, and a clean, firm copy, with much additional material.
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