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SETTLE, Elkanah (1648-1724). Carmen Irenicum. The Union of the Imperial Crowns of Great Britain. An Heroick Poem. London: by J. Brudenell, 1707.
2° (295 x 174mm). Parallel titles and text in Latin and English. Bound for presentation in contemporary gilt-tooled black goatskin, sides with panel of a star in circle roll enclosing the arms of Lord Howard of Effingham, flower tool at corners, narrow gilt roll border, plain spine, comb-marbled endpapers (slightly bowed, inner hinges split). Sale: Sotheby's, 20 February 1945, to Foyle for £10 (tipped-in catalogue description).
FIRST EDITION, a reissue with variant imprint. The identity of Settle's binder remains uncertain, although one theory is that he bound and tooled the books himself. If disappointed in his expectations of a reward, he is known to have changed the coat-of-arms for another one. Foxon S-246.
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