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Adamson, Patrick

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  • Adamson, Patrick
  • Poemata Sacra, cum aliis opusculis. Studio ac industria Tho. Voluseni I.C. expolita & recognita. London: for John Bill, [1618-] 1619
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4to (8 3/4 x 6 5/8 in.; 222 x 168 mm). Woodcut printer's device on title with woodcut royal arms on verso, 4 additional letterpress section titles of which one has woodcut royal arms on verso, woodcut headpieces and decorative initials; some occasional light dampstains in fore-margins, occasional spots or soil marks. Contemporary limp vellum, gilt-tooled in a panel design with gilt-stamped thistle stamped in center and at four corners, smaller repeated stamp on spine, remains of blue silk ties, edges gilt; some soiling and a few small stains.


Sir James Colquhoun of Luss, Baronet (engraved armorial bookplate). acquisition: Pickering & Chatto, 1987


STC 148.5; ESTC S100468

Catalogue Note

First edition, large-paper copy, with the rare leaves containing "Assertiones quaedam" after the second leaf S2, present in only a few copies. Adamson (1537-1592), who became Archbishop of St. Andrews in 1576, was one of the most controversial Scottish prelates, adopting strong measures against the Presbyterians, for which his enemies secured his excommunication in 1586 and in 1588.