MAGNA CARTA By Permission of [...the named...] Trustees of the Cottonion Library. This Plate being a
Lot 159
MAGNA CARTA By Permission of [...the named...] Trustees of the Cottonion Library. This Plate being a Correct Copy of King John's Great Charter... Engraved Facsimile of the 1215 Magna Carta, ENGRAVED BY JOHN PINE, AND PRINTED ON VELLUM
Sold for £10,200 (US$ 16,730) inc. premium

Lot Details
ENGLISH LITERATURE
MAGNA CARTA
By Permission of [...the named...] Trustees of the Cottonion Library. This Plate being a Correct Copy of King John's Great Charter... Engraved Facsimile of the 1215 Magna Carta, ENGRAVED BY JOHN PINE, AND PRINTED ON VELLUM, engraved central panel of text surrounded by a series of 25 hand-coloured coats of arms of the Barons, ahand-coloured represenation of the remains of King John's Great Seal, all panels surrounded by hand-coloured oak leaf and acorn borders, FINE, CLEAN CONDITION, framed and glazed, 695 x 480mm., Sold by J. Pine... and by the Booksellers of London and Westminster, [1733]

Footnotes

  • A VERY FINE COPY OF THE FIRST PRINTING OF THE ORIGINAL TEXT OF MAGNA CARTA, "a sacred text, the nearest approach to an irrepealable "fundamental statute" that England has ever had" (Pollock and Maitland, History of English Law).

    A fine engraving of the most celebrated legal documents in the English-speaking world, taken from one of the two original copies owned by Sir Robert Cotton, now in the British Museum. John Pine (1690-1756) was a publisher, print- and mapseller, as well as Bluemantle Pursuivant at the College of Arms, and Engraver to the King's signet and Stamp Office. It is thought that one of the motivations for publishing this facsimile in the present form was the fire on 23 October 1731 in which one of the two Cottonian originals was damaged.
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