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THE THEATER OF HONOUR AND KNIGHT-HOODA rare volume from the library of famed American magician Joseph Dunninger library, "The Theater of Honour and Knight-hood; Or, A compendious chronicle and historie of the whole Christian world. Containing the originall of all monarchies, kingdomes, and estates, with their emperours, kings, princes, and gouernours; their beginnings, continuance, and successions, to this present time. The first institution of armes, emblazons, kings, heralds, and pursuiuants of armes: With all the ancient and moderne military orders of knight-hood in euery kingdome. Of duelloes or single combates, with their originall, lawes, and observations", by Andrew Favine, London: Printed by William Jaggard, 1623. First edition in English, complete with all twelve leaves of plates (rectos only) showing medals, coins and heraldic seals, with numerous other textual illustrations and woodcuts. While the book is described as a history of the world and all its various rulers, the text concerns itself largely with various European chivalric orders, including the Order of the Starre, Order of St. Michael, Order of the Holy Ghost, and the Knights Templar. Coincidentally, this enormous work was published in the same year and by the same printer as Shakespeare's first folio! Rebound with crude cloth tape recovering of spine, front cover, pastedown (which bears contemporary notes) and first two blank flyleaves loosening, two ownership signatures in blank areas of title page, last six pages bear very narrow dampstain in interior margin not affecting text, one plate bearing an image of the Order of the Holy Ghost bears a very clean 2" tear into the image, else the contents appear to be very clean and this volume is undoubtedly worthy of further restoration.
Estimate $ 1,500-2,000

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