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BROUGHTON, Hugh (1549-1612). A Concent of Scripture.  [London: G. Simpson and W. White, 1590?].
BROUGHTON, Hugh (1549-1612). A Concent of Scripture. [London: G. Simpson and W. White, 1590?].

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BROUGHTON, Hugh (1549-1612). A Concent of Scripture. [London: G. Simpson and W. White, 1590?].

4o (207 x 150 mm). Engraved title, folding world map, and 4 engraved plates by William Rogers. (Some shoulder notes shaved, without H4, presumably a blank). Modern calf (front cover detached). Provenance: acquired from Ximenes, 1964.

Broughton's first work, A Concent of Scripture, was first published in 1588. Dedicated to queen Elizabeth, the work is a scripture chronology and genealogy, designed to show the chronological order of events from Adam to Christ, and harmonize the disagreeing passages. John Speed superintended the press. It was attacked at both universities, and the author was obliged to defend it in a series of lectures.

This copy corresponds to S.T.C. 3851, a revised edition, which doesn't contain the 'mapp of the north part [of Judea]' and folding letterpress 'To the Reader' leaf present in the earlier edition (S.T.C. 3850). There are two settings of the dedication, this copy with the 9-line woodcut armorial initial, and the plates are in the later state with the man in Judah's stories without a ring or curl in the middle of his ear. The plates were executed by William Rogers and are specimens of the earliest English copperplate engraving. "The complexities of dealing with Broughton's works--even when limited, as here, to those in English--are considerable. Many items are undated, most give no place of printing, and not a few are pamphlets of no more than two leaves. Matters are further complicated by Broughton's combative spirit, his abrupt and opaque style and his continual harping upon a few related topics" (S.T.C.). S.T.C. 3851; see Hind I:272-3.

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