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MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS (1542-1587)-- A Defence of the Honorable Sentence and Execution of the Queene of Scots: Exempled with Analogies, and diverse presidents of Emperors, Kings, and Popes…. London: John Windet, [1587].
MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS (1542-1587)-- A Defence of the Honorable Sentence and Execution of the Queene of Scots: Exempled with Analogies, and diverse presidents of Emperors, Kings, and Popes…. London: John Windet, [1587].

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MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS (1542-1587)-- A Defence of the Honorable Sentence and Execution of the Queene of Scots: Exempled with Analogies, and diverse presidents of Emperors, Kings, and Popes…. London: John Windet, [1587].

The rare first edition of this argument in favor of Queen Mary’s execution, second state of L1 with putti ornament on verso. This copy includes Anthony Babington’s letter to the Queen of Scots at the end and has the same collation as the copy at the Newberry Library. Provenance: John Harvey (early ownership inscription); Ickwell-Bury Library (inkstamp to first blank). Collier, A Bibliographical and Critical Account of the Rarest Books in the English Language, 1865, p.207; STC 17566.3.

Quarto (178 x 128mm). 106pp. Title with ornamented border. Early manuscript foliation (2 small marginal holes to title, some headlines trimmed, closed tear to L1). Disbound.

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