The History of the Coronation Of James II

The History of the Coronation Of James II


The History of the Coronation Of the Most High, Most Mighty, and Most Excellent Monarch James II

By Francis Sanford

Printed In London by Thomas Newcomb

The Volume is in Very Good Condition bound in half-calf over cloth boards, with the spine divided into six compartments by five raised bands, with a black morocco letter-piece in the second compartment from the top. Externally the boards and spine are lightly scuffed in general, with the board corners bumped a bit. Internally the leaves are generally clean and amply margined, with some small fox marks or spots on occasion, and small stains otherwise.
The Volume is Complete With twenty nine double page plates, and one single page plate. See below for pagination & dimensions.

The History of the Coronation Of James II

Of The Coronation of James II

Despite the succession crisis and general worries over a catholic monarch, the coronation ofJames II was a relatively uncontroversial affair, with the procession and feast recorded by Francis Sanford. There seemed to be “bad omens” on the day of the coronation – the crown appeared to be about to fall off his head and at the moment of crowning the Royal Standard at the Tower of London was torn by the wind.

James’s initial popularity on his accession quickly evaporated and he was dethroned in the Glorious Revolution of 1688 which brought William III and Mary II jointly to the throne. This proved disastrous for Sandford who was barely able to recoup the costs involved in the lengthy production of this expensive volume published on the eve of the overthrow of James and for which the market disappeared abruptly. Sandford was almost bankrupted and died in 1694 in Newgate prison, London, where he had been imprisoned for debt.

Pagination & Dimensions

The volume is paginated as follows: [xv], 135, [1]. The volume collates as follows: [A]-C, A-2L2. The volume measures about 44.5 cm. By 29.5 cm. By 3.5 cm. Each leaf measures about 435 mm. By 285 mm.


Bookplate of Sir Thomas Neave. Owners of the Dagnams estate, formerly visited by Samuel Pepys and recorded in his diary, Thomas’s father had purchased the property with his fortunes from the slave trade, settling down from merchant life to become a country gentleman.

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