New York, East
24 April 2001
[LEIGH, Richard]. The copie of a letter sent out of England to don Bernardin Mendoza. Found in the chamber of R. Leigh, a seminarie priest. Whereunto are adioyned certaine late Aduertisements, concerning the losses to the Spanish nauie. London: J. Vautrollier for Richard Field, 1588.
2 parts bound in one, 4o (190 x 132 mm). Collation: A-E4 F2; A-B4 [-]2. Modern brown morocco, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Provenance: Bent Juel-Jensen (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION of this contemporary account of the defeat of the Spanish Armada. The work is often attributed to William Cecil, Lord Burghley, in whose papers the manuscript was found. The second part (formerly STC 14257) has its own title-page and pagination and provides a harrowing description of the destruction suffered by the Armada in Irish waters. The present copy has the following variants in part one: last line of A2 recto ends ''countrey''; line 2 of C1 recto has ''infamie''; C3 verso line 12 from bottom begins ''niards, &''; E3,4 have no marginal notes; F2 recto has ''The [space] of Octob. 1588.'' Part two has 10 leaves, with [-]1r showing the date 26 Sept. 1588 and A4r line 6 from the bottom ending "Byskeyne." STC 15412.
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