LONDON 1685 -- SANDFORD, Francis (1630-1694). The History of the Coronation Of the Most High, Most Mighty, and Most Excellent Monarch James II... and of His Royal Consort Queen Mary. London: Thomas Newcomb, 1687.
2o (475 x 315 mm). Rubricated in red throughout. Title printed in red and black with engraved arms. 30 engraved plates, all but one double-page, engraved illustrations, head-pieces and initials, with the initial imprimatur leaf (some splits along central folds, a few repaired tears). Contemporary red gilt-panelled morocco, spine gilt, edges gilt (joints split); cloth folding case. Provenance: Lord Viscount Palmerston (manuscript invoice from "Thomas in Elliott" for £4.04.00 dated 23 June 1739 pinned to title-page).
FIRST EDITION, ON LARGE-PAPER, issue with Newcomb's name in black in the imprint. With the fireworks plate, often missing. Sanford's is the first official record of the coronation of JAMES II (1633-1701), King of England, on the 23rd of April 1687. It was commissioned by the King from Sandford, the Lancaster Herald of Arms, but is principally the work of GREGORY KING. It describes the preparations for the ceremony, the regalia, the participants, the robing, the presentation of the regalia, the procession, the protocol, the coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey and the banquet afterwards at Westminster Hall. At end is bound: Samuel MOORE. "The Proceedings to the Coronoation of their Majesties King William and Queen Mary from Westm.r Hall to Westm.r Abby 11o. Apr. 1689." Brunet V:122 ("magnifique ouvrage"); Watanabe 2593; Wing S652.