BOUND FOR THE CHAPEL ROYAL OF KING GEORGE II AT HAMPTON COURT, WITH THE KING'S GILT MONOGRAM ON THE COVERS—THE WALPOLE-CAULFIELD COPY
(GEORGE II) ANONYMOUS. A Collection of Anthems, as the same are now performed in his Majesty's Chapels Royal, &c. London: Printed by J. Bettenham for B. Barker… and W. Parker, 1736. Octavo, contemporary full mottled calf gilt, covers with gilt centerpiece with the interlaced monogram "G.R." over "Chapel Royal Hampton Court", raised bands, marbled endpapers. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box. $6500.
Second edition of this collection of anthems, bound for King George II, with royal monogram and "Chapel Royal, Hampton Court" as a gilt centerpiece on the front and rear covers, with crowned fleurons at the corners—the Walpole-Caulfield copy.
A number of copies of this anthology were bound for the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court; King George II was the last monarch to reside in this palace. Beyond the Hampton Court provenance, this copy has a further distinguished lineage, having been in the libraries of the first Prime Minister of England Robert Walpole (1676-1745); librarian of Queen's College, Cork, Richard Caulfield (1823-87); antiquarian and photographer Robert Day (1836-1914); William Neville; author and singer Dorothy Moulton Mayer (1886-1974), with their bookplates to pastedown and flyleaves; and with the blindstamp of Peter Bander van Duren (1930-2004), British writer on heraldry and orders of knighthood. First published in 1724.
Interior clean. Joints tender, cords holding; light wear to extremities. A very good unrestored copy, with distinguished provenance.