([England]: 1907). 185 x 136 mm. (7 1/4 x 5 3/8").  leaves. Single column, 17 lines in a fine calligraphic hand.
Original limp vellum. In a custom cream-colored buckram clamshell box, upper cover with gilt-lettered vellum label. First text leaf with intricate decorative headpiece of floral vines and gilt titling, several three-line gilt initials elsewhere. Front pastedown with bookplate of Robert George Windsor-Clive, Earl of Plymouth, and a small paper label with ink notation. Colophon with a couple of light pencil notations. Vellum binding a bit wavy, two very small, light smudges to text on one leaf (not affecting legibility), otherwise in pristine condition.
This neatly penned little manuscript contains text from a report written by Sir Walter Raleigh, concerning an infamous confrontation that took place in 1591, in which a single British galleon called the "Revenge" took on the Spanish Armada. Though utterly outgunned and outnumbered, the Revenge faced 53 enemy ships head on in an extraordinary battle that raged on into the night and resulted in the loss of many men on both sides. The Revenge was eventually captured and sank off the coast of the Azores, but its gallant endeavor, first chronicled by Raleigh in his report of the event, has become the stuff of legend. A graduate of the Birmingham School of Art, Ernest Treglown (1867-1922) was an illuminator and illustrator, known to have been involved with the press of the Birmingham Guild of Handicraft, an organization formed in the late 19th century as part of the Arts & Crafts movement. His work, as exemplified in the present manuscript, is precise and elegant, with a very regular hand, and favoring restrained (but perfectly executed) gilt decoration. The opening line, written entirely in gold and intertwined with tiny vines and flowers, is particularly lovely. According to the colophon, the manuscript was produced for the Earl of Plymouth (Roger Windsor-Clive), whose armorial bookplate appears on the front pastedown here. (ST17129-041)
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PJP Catalog: 79.030