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RARE HISTORICAL BOOK The Ancient Vellum Book of the Honourable Artillery Company, 1600s illuminated manuscripts, official letter & bookplate

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There is no other book like this one.

This book has so many details that make it one of a kind, it doesn't even have to be said once you look at the book or hold it in your hands, or if you even stare at it from across the room -- you don't need to page through its aged, scrapped-end pages or run your hand over the rich cover and the golden detail, you don't need to see and read the unique bookplate or the eminent signature/dedication on the first page, or pick up the official royal letter tucked inside and read its script.

You don't need to do any of these things to know right off that this book is truly the only of its kind, the only one you'll find like this.

And that is so, so exciting.

Ready for more excitement? Let me tell you more about this book and what you'll find inside. I'll try to get across the special and meaningful power of the book as best I can, as both an object from history, a veritable stamp of time from an era so far away and intriguing in its dramatic period details and events, and as a piece of writing to read, a collection of images and words that contain rosters with names and dates of real people, and images of another important book from even longer ago made of vellum and illuminated so beautifully like the Book of Kells--it is amazing to behold. All this you'll find in the book, and I'll give you the details of the bookplate and inscription and letter and history too.

If you are a history buff, especially one interested in war, or an admirer of beautiful books, a collector of rare books or just someone intrigued by the past and its foreign customs, stories and mysteries, this book is for you.

Here is what the official bookplate says: "Presented by Lieut-Colonel George Alfred Raikes, Vice-President HAC, to Capt. Albert A Folsom, of The Ancient and Honourable Artillery Company of Massachusetts As a Memento to their Visit to the Honourable Artillery Company of London in July 1896"

The book also has a very cool dedication, which I'll share in full: "To Her Majesty the Queen, Empress of India, This Volume Containing Many of the Royal, Illustrious, and Noble Names on the Roll of members of the Honourable Artillery Company, is By Her Majesty's Gracious Permission, Most Respectfully Dedicated."

MOST FASCINATINGLY AT LEAST IN MY OPINION!!!! -- I worked on this transcription of the scripted letter found inside the book--which is LIKE I SAID FASCINATING--pretty much the most fascinating thing to read in person as anything can really be. Here it is:

-Letter Heading: "Honourable Artillery Company, Armory House, Finsbury E. C., 11. Jan. 1879"
-Letter Transcription:

"Dear W Crook,

I fear you might have thought I had forgotten your correspondence concerning the Boston Artillery Company, but it was not so - it is only today that I have finished my search after the names as to which Captain Folsom desires information. This is owing to there not being any index on even arrangement of the earlier members of the H. A. C. - consequently, the only way is to go systematically and patiently through the records year by year, and here is the result.

Robert Keaque joined us on the 6th of May 1623.

Robert Sedgwick's name nowhere appears on our Roll - I believe that the Boston Company tradition hands him down as having belonged to us, and in his History of the H. A. C. Captn. Raikes (quoting I believe from Boston Sources) states that he did belong to us - If he did, it is strange his name is not inscribed.

Obadiah Sedgwick joined on the 18 Oct. 1638 - and he appears to have been of some note, having the distinction (according to few/ of being inscribed in letters of gold - and a Job Sedgwick joined on the 19 July 1642.

Benjamin Keaque's name is not to be found, and apparently he never belonged to us - It may be of interest to the A. and H. A. C. of Boston to know that a Godfrey Washington joined us on the 16 March 1619 - I am not sufficiently acquainted with the pedigree of George Washington to know whether this Godfrey was an ancestor, but the point can easily be ascertained.

I return all your papers and am [unreadable] H. D. Ellis."

And lastly, I'll just share the inscription/signature on the front, meaningful in itself as the editor himself wrote it to him, and Albert A Folsom was an important man in the company according to my research:

"To: Commander A. A. Folsom ~ ~ ~ With the Editor's Kind regards, 26th Feb 1891."

ALSO! Check out these links provided for more information on the H A C (Honourable Artillery Company) and just why this book is so meaningful and important and special. :) --

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honourable_Artillery_Company - and Robert Sedgwick here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Sedgwick

For the straight information/details of the book, read below, and just know I'll be doing more research on the book at some point and put up whatever else I find !

-Full title: The Ancient Vellum Book of the Honourable Artillery Company being the Roll of Members from 1611 to 1682 with notes and illustrations
-Editor: Lieutenant-Colonel George Alfred Raikes, FSA, Third Battalion, The York and Lancaster Regiment, and HAC
-Printers: "Printed by order of the Court of Assistants"
-Format: Brown leather-like cover boards with golden design engraved on corners and in center, title in gold on binding, red and black official illustrated / printed in various interesting fonts bookplate on inside front cover, inspiration in black scripted ink by the Editor with date, uncut pages, a few black and white / grey illustrations on glossed pages spread throughout, official facsimile pages of the vellum book from the 1600s with the "Enrolments" on illuminated manuscript pages which added to the book's accumulation of research and data on names/dates/historical facts and notes included. Index in the back of names/regiments, ad for other similar books in the back, note on one of last pages: "Printed by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Printers to the Queen's most Excellent Majesty."
-Condition: The book is entirely readable, no marks or notes or rips, but the cover on the binding is coming off a bit, though it is still attached and just needs to be handled carefully. The binding of the book is still tight and together, however. :)
-Publisher: Richard Bentley & Son, New Burlington Street London: "Publishers in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen"
-Copyright: None stated - research indicates Honourable Artillery Company 1890
-Date published: 1890
-Provenance: My secret!
-Pricing: This was incredibly hard to price as you can probably tell from all you've read above, so I came to a number that is likely quite lower than what it is worth, so for now I'm keeping it here but will do more research and likely raise the price at some point when I get correct details as to its relative worth.
There is no other book like this one.

This book has so many details that make it one of a kind, it doesn't even have to be said once you look at the book or hold it in your hands, or if you even stare at it from across the room -- you don't need to page through its aged, scrapped-end pages or run your hand over the rich cover and the golden detail, you don't need to see and read the unique bookplate or the eminent signature/dedication on the first page, or pick up the official royal letter tucked inside and read its script.

You don't need to do any of these things to know right off that this book is truly the only of its kind, the only one you'll find like this.

And that is so, so exciting.

Ready for more excitement? Let me tell you more about this book and what you'll find inside. I'll try to get across the special and meaningful power of the book as best I can, as both an object from history, a veritable stamp of time from an era so far away and intriguing in its dramatic period details and events, and as a piece of writing to read, a collection of images and words that contain rosters with names and dates of real people, and images of another important book from even longer ago made of vellum and illuminated so beautifully like the Book of Kells--it is amazing to behold. All this you'll find in the book, and I'll give you the details of the bookplate and inscription and letter and history too.

If you are a history buff, especially one interested in war, or an admirer of beautiful books, a collector of rare books or just someone intrigued by the past and its foreign customs, stories and mysteries, this book is for you.

Here is what the official bookplate says: "Presented by Lieut-Colonel George Alfred Raikes, Vice-President HAC, to Capt. Albert A Folsom, of The Ancient and Honourable Artillery Company of Massachusetts As a Memento to their Visit to the Honourable Artillery Company of London in July 1896"

The book also has a very cool dedication, which I'll share in full: "To Her Majesty the Queen, Empress of India, This Volume Containing Many of the Royal, Illustrious, and Noble Names on the Roll of members of the Honourable Artillery Company, is By Her Majesty's Gracious Permission, Most Respectfully Dedicated."

MOST FASCINATINGLY AT LEAST IN MY OPINION!!!! -- I worked on this transcription of the scripted letter found inside the book--which is LIKE I SAID FASCINATING--pretty much the most fascinating thing to read in person as anything can really be. Here it is:

-Letter Heading: "Honourable Artillery Company, Armory House, Finsbury E. C., 11. Jan. 1879"
-Letter Transcription:

"Dear W Crook,

I fear you might have thought I had forgotten your correspondence concerning the Boston Artillery Company, but it was not so - it is only today that I have finished my search after the names as to which Captain Folsom desires information. This is owing to there not being any index on even arrangement of the earlier members of the H. A. C. - consequently, the only way is to go systematically and patiently through the records year by year, and here is the result.

Robert Keaque joined us on the 6th of May 1623.

Robert Sedgwick's name nowhere appears on our Roll - I believe that the Boston Company tradition hands him down as having belonged to us, and in his History of the H. A. C. Captn. Raikes (quoting I believe from Boston Sources) states that he did belong to us - If he did, it is strange his name is not inscribed.

Obadiah Sedgwick joined on the 18 Oct. 1638 - and he appears to have been of some note, having the distinction (according to few/ of being inscribed in letters of gold - and a Job Sedgwick joined on the 19 July 1642.

Benjamin Keaque's name is not to be found, and apparently he never belonged to us - It may be of interest to the A. and H. A. C. of Boston to know that a Godfrey Washington joined us on the 16 March 1619 - I am not sufficiently acquainted with the pedigree of George Washington to know whether this Godfrey was an ancestor, but the point can easily be ascertained.

I return all your papers and am [unreadable] H. D. Ellis."

And lastly, I'll just share the inscription/signature on the front, meaningful in itself as the editor himself wrote it to him, and Albert A Folsom was an important man in the company according to my research:

"To: Commander A. A. Folsom ~ ~ ~ With the Editor's Kind regards, 26th Feb 1891."

ALSO! Check out these links provided for more information on the H A C (Honourable Artillery Company) and just why this book is so meaningful and important and special. :) --

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honourable_Artillery_Company - and Robert Sedgwick here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Sedgwick

For the straight information/details of the book, read below, and just know I'll be doing more research on the book at some point and put up whatever else I find !

-Full title: The Ancient Vellum Book of the Honourable Artillery Company being the Roll of Members from 1611 to 1682 with notes and illustrations
-Editor: Lieutenant-Colonel George Alfred Raikes, FSA, Third Battalion, The York and Lancaster Regiment, and HAC
-Printers: "Printed by order of the Court of Assistants"
-Format: Brown leather-like cover boards with golden design engraved on corners and in center, title in gold on binding, red and black official illustrated / printed in various interesting fonts bookplate on inside front cover, inspiration in black scripted ink by the Editor with date, uncut pages, a few black and white / grey illustrations on glossed pages spread throughout, official facsimile pages of the vellum book from the 1600s with the "Enrolments" on illuminated manuscript pages which added to the book's accumulation of research and data on names/dates/historical facts and notes included. Index in the back of names/regiments, ad for other similar books in the back, note on one of last pages: "Printed by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Printers to the Queen's most Excellent Majesty."
-Condition: The book is entirely readable, no marks or notes or rips, but the cover on the binding is coming off a bit, though it is still attached and just needs to be handled carefully. The binding of the book is still tight and together, however. :)
-Publisher: Richard Bentley & Son, New Burlington Street London: "Publishers in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen"
-Copyright: None stated - research indicates Honourable Artillery Company 1890
-Date published: 1890
-Provenance: My secret!
-Pricing: This was incredibly hard to price as you can probably tell from all you've read above, so I came to a number that is likely quite lower than what it is worth, so for now I'm keeping it here but will do more research and likely raise the price at some point when I get correct details as to its relative worth.

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Reviewed by CGFlores85
5 out of 5 stars
Jan 2, 2018
I ordered this as a gift and was very happy with Colleen’s feedback and willingness to help me track down this one of a kind book! It even showed up before Christmas thanks to a speedy delivery despite the short notice. I will definitely be visiting No Other Book Like This again.
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Dec 30, 2017
Great item, great seller, fast shipment!!! The book was perfect, exactly as described. Thanks!
Vintage book classic young adult The Luckiest Girl by Beverly Cleary, famous child/YA author, 1958 special Book Club Edition, RARE cover art

Reviewed by L.M. Biddulph
5 out of 5 stars
Dec 16, 2017
This book is BEAUTIFUL! I was so excited to receive it yesterday, so I could read it over Christmas. I read the abridged version of Thomas Wingfold, Curate over a decade ago and loved it, so I have been looking forward to this so much. Thank you!!!!!!!! :-D
Vintage book Thomas Wingfold, Curate. by George MacDonald, rare edition 1880, famed "Father" of The Inklings including Tolkien and C S Lewis

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Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
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