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: Old picture books; with other essays on bookish subjects
: Pollard, Alfred W. (Alfred William), 1859-1944 Pollard, Alice
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: London : Methuen and co.
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tion.One of the earliest of these is a small stamp of the arms ofArchbishop Parker, forming the centre of a rather decora-tive binding, obviously of English work. The book it isfound on is a copy of Bezas LatinNew Testament, printed at Londonby VautroUier, in 1574, on theyellow paper occasionally usedduring the middle of the sixteenthcentury, presumably as less tryingto the eyes than the ordinary white.Parkers patronage of John Day iswell known, but in view of the likeli-hood of this being a presentationcopy to the Archbishop fromVautroUier, it would be rash tocredit Day with the binding of this volume, which is,moreover, not quite so original as Days work at its best. Two other books in the Franks collection are connectedby their stamps with Parkers royal mistress. One ofthese bears the well-known Falcon badge which Elizabethadopted in imitation of her mother. This is found on acopy of Etienne Dolets De Latina lingua printed atBasel in 1539. I do not know if the point has been raised
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QUEEN ELIZABETH SFALCON BADGE ARMORIAL BOOK-STAMPS 247 and settled as to whether this badge was used by Elizabeth,both as queen and as princess, but there is at least nothingto prevent our supposing that this treatise of Dolets wasone of Elizabeths school-books, and thus often in herhands. It is at least a point in favour of such a supposi-tion that the badge in this case is sharper and fresherthan on any other book I have ever seen. The otherElizabethan book in the collec-tion is even more interesting,for its covers are embossed withthe portrait-stamp of the queenhere reproduced, and no otherinstance of the use of the stampis recorded. The book is thePlantin Greek Testament of1583, an edition which the queenwould be very likely to possess.But whether this copy was everin her library we have no meansof deciding, the alternatives of presentation to and pre-sentation by, of ownership by the original of the portraitor by some loyal subject, being very equally balanced.The stamp in this c
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