This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 Excerpt: ...London, 1873, vol. ii, p. 446. 48 James Anthony Froude, " History of England," London, 1899, vol. xii, chap. 69, pp. 248, 249. Although not ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 Excerpt: ...London, 1873, vol. ii, p. 446. 48 James Anthony Froude, " History of England," London, 1899, vol. xii, chap. 69, pp. 248, 249. Although not a betrothal ring, that given by Queen Elizabeth to the Earl of Essex was most certainly a love token. When this nobleman was high in the queen's favor she bestowed upon him a gold ring set with a sardonyx cut with her portrait; giving him, at the same time, a solemn promise that whatever charges might be brought against him she would accord him her pardon if he sent her this ring. Some years later, Essex--who in the meanwhile had lost the queen's favor--was impeached for high treason and condemned to death. In this extremity, he endeavored to find some means of transmitting to the queen the ring she had given him. Fearing to trust his keepers with the execution of his wish, Essex found no better way than to throw the ring to a boy who was passing the prison, directing him to give it to Lady Scrope, Lady Nottingham's sister. Unfortunately for Essex, the boy gave the ring, by mistake, to Lady Nottingham, whose husband was one of his bitterest enemies, so that the token never reached the queen, who was convinced that her former favorite was too proud and obstinate to seek her mercy. She thereupon left him to his fate. Years afterwards, when Lady Nottingham was on her death-bed, she asked for the queen and confessed that she had failed to deliver the ring sent to her by Essex. This confession aroused the queen's wrath to such an extent that she burst forth in violent reproaches and rushed from the room exclaiming: "God may forgive you; I never shall!" The proud heart of the virgin queen was broken by this 49 C. Justi, " Felipe II amigo del arte "; Espafia moderna, April, 1914, pp. 26, 27. revel...
Good. Ex-library. Usual library markings, including label on spine, text is bright, clean and clear. Uncirculated; has a few soiled pages. Page edges yellowed. Green library glued binding (does not match photo above); xviii, 381 p., illustrations and black-and-white photographs; includes index.
Good. First edition Hardcover, no dj. Light shelfwear to covers with couple of small stains to rear cover and faded spine. Gift inscription on ffe. Bit of foxing to endpapers. Contents clean and tight. 381 pages, index, notes, b&w photos and illus.
Very Good, No Dust Jacket. 8VO, 381 pgs., B/W, Color Ills, Hardcover. Hardcover: Red cloth binding with title in gold set in gold border on frontboard. Corners are worn and faded. Title in gold on spine. Spine is faded and edges are worn. Clean endpapers. Lovely 'Color' frontispiece is tissue-guarded. Printed on deckle-edge stock. This volume, In an attractive and convenient form shows everything that is important to finger-rings, from the ring of Prometheus to the latest productions of the goldsmith and jewellers of the day. Over 290 illustrations. Nice tight binding.
Very Good. Book First edition, first printing, 1917. Spine faded, otherwise very good+ red cloth hardcover with gilt lettering and decoration. All plates, including color plates, present. Interior clean and unmarked. Edges roughly cut, closed tear to one page, some pages uncut.
First edition. Thick octavo. xviii, 381pp. 290 illustrations in color, halftone and line (includes 3 color plates and 54 halftone plates. Index. Publisher's red cloth, decoratively stamped in gold and white, top edges gilt. Spine dulled and faded, else a fine copy. Very comprehensive and very scarce. The foremost authoritative work on the history of finger rings. Very comprehensive, this work covers the origin of ring wearing; forms and materials of rings; signet rings; betrothal rings; religious use; magic rings; healing rings; ring making, and more. Includes a facsimile of a letter from famed explorer Admiral Robert Peary, written to the author on the question of ring usage among Eskimo peoples. [Sinkankas, Gemology: An Annotated Bibliography: 3705].
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