London: William Jaggard, 1622. Folio. [xliv] (without the first blank), 56, , 57-100, , 101-166, , 167-332, , 333-650, , 653-700, 703-717,  pp. FIRST EDITION. Includes the 4 extra leaves as directed by the printer with instructions where to place each leaf on the bottom thereof. Numerous woodcut coats of arms throughout the text, woodcut initials and headpieces. Contemporary calf, covers with the large gilt arms of Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, rebacked preserving the original spine panels and red morocco label, a bit rubbed in places; small hole to the title page caused by a paper flaw (not touching any text), light damp staining at the head and foot of the inner margins, otherwise a very good, clean copy. Signature of W. Raby on the title, son of Thomas Wentworth (see below) and the bookplate of Thomas Barrett-Lennard (1717-1786), 17th Baron Dacre, on the front paste-down. Item #17419
First edition of the book which caused the delay by one year of the printing of Shakespeare’s first folio. It is an important study of heraldry during a period when one’s coat of arms was proof to social rank and value. The book is a definite insult to Ralphe Brooke (1553-1625), contributing toward the feud between Brooke and fellow antiquary William Camden (1551-1623). In addition to the partial re-printing of Brooke’s work, Vincent adds his caustic and hostile corrections. A poetic prefatory tribute to Vincent and others is added by Jaggard (as “The Printer”). He apparently is seeking to discount the charges of numerous inaccuracies made in the first edition of Brooke’s Catalogue of the succession of the kings, princes, dukes, . . . . (1619). Jaggard’s remarks are witty in his own defense.
This book is probably better known for causing the delay of the printing of Shakespeare’s first folio by Jaggard, who was kept busy with the numerous corrections required here. Typographically the two works are similar; see how Jaggard utilizes a number of headpieces and initials also used in the first folio. A discoverie of errours was, of course, a much more important endeavor for Jaggard because his reputation was at stake.
Vincent (1584-1626) was a friend of Camden, who had a continuing quarrel with Brooke, whose Discoverie of certaine errours published in print in the much commended Britannia. 1594 (1599) was a denunciation of Camden. Camden responded in the fifth edition of his Britannia (1600); and Brooke countered again in his 1619 Catalogue.
Provenance: Thomas Wentworth (1593-1641), Earl of Strafford, was serving as lord lieutenant of Ireland when Charles recalled him to London to support his crumbling monarchy. Wentworth remained a loyal supporter of the King until he was impeached and eventually tried for treason in May, 1641. The book was also signed by William Raby (1626-1695), Wentworth’s son who styled himself Lord Raby.