Lot 170

Scotland.- Leslie (John)

De origine, moribus et rebus gestis Scotorum. Libri decem, FIRST EDITION, 2 parts in one with separate titles, woodcut decorative frames with putti and printer’s woodcut devices on titles and last verso above colophon, woodcut floriated and historiated initials, ornaments, pages ruled in black, printed side notes, double page engraved map of Scotland, embellished with vessels, sea monsters and large strapwork armorial coat of arms, 11 full page copper engravings depicting genealogies of the kings of Scotland, most incorporating portrait vignettes, and arms of Mary Queen of Scots on verso of divisional title, light browning, some intermittent waterstaining to gutter throughout, with abrasion to e3 and e4, some spotting or foxing, small tear to lower right corner of F4 and S4, watermarked front free endpaper, stamps of Biblioteca del Seminario Vescovile di Mondovì, manuscript ex libris of ‘Montis Regalis, 1602’, contemporary limp vellum, cover ruled in gilt with small corner pieces and central fleurons, early title to spine and additional ink decoration, yapped edges, a little stained, [Adams L 541; Shaaber L61], 4to, Rome, In Aedibus Populi Romani, 1578.

***An unusually complete copy. The work contains a history and description of Scotland from the mythical reign of Fergus I (4th century BC) to the Reign of Mary.’ De Origine’ features the first separately printed map of Scotland. John Leslie was bishop of Ross, and an ambassador to Mary Queen of Scotland. The work includes a fine genealogical illustration of her and the future king James.

Estimate: £1,200-£1,800