Vera Effigies Francisci Roberts in Artibus Magistri, Pastoris Ecclesiae apud Augustinian: Londin:AEtatis suae 40. 9.bris 13.0 1648.
Engraving, rare. 153 x 95mm. 6 x 3¾". Trimmed.
Portrait of Francis Roberts, half length, aged 40, wearing skull-cap, collar and gown, and holding a book; curtain in background to right. Frontispiece to his 'Clavis Bibliorum' (1648). Francis Roberts (1609-1675) was an English puritan clergyman, author and librarian. He founded the first Birmingham Library, one of the first public libraries in England. He was taken prisoner when the Royalist Prince Rupert of the Rhine and his troops attacked Birmingham in 1643. He managed to escape and was appointed minister of St Augustine, Watling Street in the City of London.
Ex Collection: R. Hobson of Hove.
[Ref: 25254] £120.00