London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
[HERALDRY]. The Statutes of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, in English and French, illuminated manuscript on paper, , including two full-page illustrations of the arms of Queen Anne and Henry, Duke of Kent, text in red and brown ink, 36 pages, 4to (255 x 195mm), English 18th-century calf gilt, covers with central panel enclosing the Royal arms with crown and acorn cornerpieces, blue silk ties with gold thread fringe. Provenance: Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Kent (1671-1740; armorial bookplate dated 1713 pasted inside upper cover) -- his great-great grandson Thomas Philip, 2nd Earl de Grey (1781-1859) of Wrest Park (armorial bookplate pasted onto front endpaper).
A handsome manuscript copy of the Statutes, commemorating the election in 1712 and installation in 1713 of Henry, 1st Duke of Kent as Knight of the Garter.
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