Philadelphia, PA: Henry T. Coates, 1897. Fourth Edition. Tan cloth over boards with titling on faded paper labels on the spine. 10.75" x 7", Vol 1: xxxv, 5 - 452, Vol 2: 453 - 732 followed by 7 pp of unnumbered index. Both volumes are similar with uncut fore and bottom edge, clean minus a reference note in green ink on the blank title page of V 1, blue ink spot on V. 1 ffe. Uncut edges have fade and early brittle, covers are aged with spots and smudges. Extremities have some wear, with bumped corners and spine head / tail. This is an essential reference work for anyone seeking to trace their family lineage to European royalty. Mostly very good / not issued. Item #2946
"Katherine, widow of Sir Payne Roelt, was the governess of John of Gaunt's children by his first wife, and his mistress for over twenty years, when, two years after the death of his second wife, he m. Katherine, 13 Jan., 1396, he then being 54 years old and she 40." (p i).