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  • Long lost Diary of Prince William Henry Duke of Gloucester
    quarto, 26 pages, plus blanks, six pages of which are in the hand of Prince William, entries written on 17th century laid paper, lined in red, bearing a watermark similar to Gravell 733 and 734, (see Gravell, A Catalogue of Foreign Watermarks Found on paper Used in America 1700-1835, p. 203), bound in full 17th century red Morocco, double-panel gilt tooled boards, spine compartmented and tooled in gilt, front board, front free endpaper and first blank leaf detached but present, some scuffing and edge wear, corners bumped, 19th century armorial bookplate of Charles Palmer Dimond1, on front pastedown, 18th century ownership inscription in the hand of John Pratt, on front free endpaper reads:
      ‘Ex Bibliotheca Serenisimi Ducis Glocestriensis cujus Ephemeris fuit sub exitu Vita pretiosæ suæ. Ex dono Charisimi Patris Sepr. 4, Anno. 1716.  This Diary was begun by me in humble Imitation of a worthy Example lay’d before me by my Dear Far: Dr. Samuel Prat Octobr ye 18 1716.”    Manuscript diary or ‘ephemeris’ of William Henry, duke of Gloucester combining a daily record of his activities in 1699 and tables giving the apparent position of celestial bodies for those days in his own hand.              Long lost diary of William Henry, Duke of Gloucester, who, had he lived, would have succeeded his mother Queen Anne to the English throne, and thus have prevented the Hanoverian succession. Gloucester was viewed as a Protestant champion who would prevent the restoration of his uncle the Pretender (James Francis Edward, infant son of the exiled James II). Manuscript diaries of any kind from the 17th and early 18th centuries, are not often encountered; let alone one kept by the heir to the British throne.               Aside from the official records and the memoir written by his body servant Jenkin Lewis2, following his resignation in 1697, in which Lewis gives unrivalled details of Gloucester’s upbringing and the jockeying for position around him within the household, almost nothing by Gloucester survives in his own words… more >