Description: [?Bickford (Arscott, of Dunsland House, Bradford, near Holsworthy, Devon, c. 1635-93)].- A preface to catachisme, manuscript, c. 585pp. excluding blanks, 5 sections, elaborate pen and ink chapter headings and other decorations of flowers and leafy sprays, text in red and black, ruled in red, inscribed "William Codd 1683" in the decoration, signed by William Bickford at beginning with address of Dunsland and signed at end and dated 1717, slightly browned, contemporary calf, rubbed, 8vo, dated in the manuscript 1683. ***Probably compiled for the education of Arscott Bickford's son, William who has signed and dated it. Dunsland House and estate was acquired by the National Trust in 1954 and was burnt down during the 1960s..
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