LONDON 1670 -- SANDFORD, Francis. The Order and Ceremonies Used for, and at the Solemn Interment of The most High, Mighty and most Noble Prince George Duke of Albemarle. [London, 1670].
2o (360 x 245). 3 folded printed text leaves. Engraved double-page title-page by ROBERT WHITE after FRANCIS BARLOW and 21 engraved double-page plates (a few plates slightly trimmed occasionally affecting plate mark). Contemporary vellum (front cover slightly bowed). Provenance: William Petty, Second Earl of Shelburne, First Marquis of Landsdowne (1737-1805); William Beckford (1759-1844), bibliophile, his sale, sold Sotheby's London July 1883, lot 1709; "WH" (wax seal and manuscript "142" on rear pastedown); Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery (8147-1929), his sale, sold Sotheby's London 28 October 1975, lot 359.
The description of the elaborate funeral for GEORGE MONCK (1608-1670), First Earl of Albemarle, on 30 April 1670. The lengthy and solemn march began at Somerset House in the Strand and from there proceeded to Westminster Abbey for the services. Nineteen of the double-page plates illustrate the continuous procession and also identify those mourners involved in the ceremony, including Gervase Price, Thomas Player, the earls of Bath, Sandwich, Suffolk, and Bridgewater, numerous drummers, baronets, knights, servants, mourning horses, pall bearers, and even Sandford himself among others. The other plates depict the earl laying in state and his catafalque at Westminster Abbey, which was designed by Francis Barlow. The three leaves of text bound at the end of this copy provide details about the Earl's laying in state of Somerset House and the order of the procession, as well as a physical description of the tomb. Drugulin 2756; Lipperheide Se 4; Vinet 807; Watanabe 2587.