A Catalogue of the Lords, Knights, and Gentlemen that have compounded for the EstatesDRING, Thomas
London: Printed for Thomas Dring. 1665
First edition. 8vo. (165x105mm) pp. 1bl., , 1bl, (rear free end paper missing). Contemporary full calf, border in blind to upper and lower covers. Some wear and scuffing to the boards and edges. The text block is in very good condition with only minor foxing and some creases to the pages from normal use. The final blank page has, on the verso, in black ink a long multiplication sum. It is not clear to what the sum refers but perhaps it is a quick calculation of payments due from a Cavalier land owner. Front pastedown has the armorial library bookplate of the Earl of Macclesfield, marked North Library with the pressmark 44.A.25 and dated 1860. Loosely inserted is a calling card for a Miss Barney on which is written a note about social arrangements and a visit to some gardens.
Dring’s Catalogue lists those Royalists who had their land confiscated or forfeited after the defeat of the Crown in the Civil War. The estates were returned only on the payment of a fine to the Committee for Compounding. This book gives details of each estate and the fines due for their return. This is a very good copy of an important reference work from one of the great English private libraries.