Auction Date: 2/09/2014 at 01pm
A chronicle of the reign of Edward V – one of the ‘Princes in the Tower’ – Ecclesiastical Autograph – William Whitaker, leading churchman during the reign of Elizabeth I Annalium tam Regnum Edwardi Quinto, Richarditertij & Henriciseoptimi, quam Henricioctavi,[Chronicle of the Reigns of Edward V, Richard III, Henry VII to Henry VIII] London 1579. Bearing the signature of William Whitaker to title page. 16mo, original boards (though modern spine), interior contents in remarkably good condition. An important reference source produced during the reign of Elizabeth I of all the measures enacted during the reigns of four of her predecessors. An extraordinary aspect is that this covers measures enacted during the very brief reign of Edward V – one of the tragic ‘Princes in the Tower’ – which lasted only a few weeks. William Whitaker was one of the leading churchmen of the age, and at the time of the publication of this book he had just been appointed Chancellor of St Paul’s from which position he became the leading champion of the teaching of the Church of England. A rare and sought after autograph.