Godfrey of Boulogne: or The recouerie of Ierusalem. Done into English heroicall verse, by Edward Fairefax Gent. And now the second time imprinted, and dedicated to His Highnesse: together with the life of the said Godfrey.
Torquato Tasso (1544-1595)
Place of origin
Blickling Hall, Norfolk (Accredited Museum)
, 392 p.,  leaf of plates : port. ; fol. Running number: 7588. Imperfect: wanting frontispiece plate, and bifolium Aa1 (p. 265-266) and Aa6 (p. 275-276). Water-staining and cockling throughout. With additional preliminary leaf "The genius of Godfrey to Prince Charles". Provenance: early armorial bookplate (Franks 17069 or *558) on verso of front fly-leaf facing title page: 'The Most Honble. William Marquiss of Lothian' [i.e. William Kerr, 2nd Marquess of Lothian (1661-1722)]. Originally this book was in the great library at Newbattle Abbey, the Lothian's principal Scottish seat. Eighteenth- or nineteenth-century[?] former shelfmark in pencil on recto of front free endpaper: "G.6.10". Front fly-leaf mounted onto later free endpaper, manuscript shelfmark just visible on recto of original flyleaf through the free endpaper, probably former Newbattle Abbey shelfmark: "e.5.21.". Binding: seventeenth-century English full sprinkled calf (holes in both covers through to the boards); sewn on five raised bands; double blind fillet border; single gilt fillet along board edges; gilt fillet and roll decoration on spine; gilt title on brown leather label on spine; tail of spine with leather (sheepskin) patch over split hinge. Red sprinkled textblock edges.
Makers and roles
Torquato Tasso (1544-1595), author Edward Fairfax (d.1635), translator Willem van de Passe (1598-1637), engraver