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GUY, Thomas.

A Copy of the Last Will and Testament of Thomas Guy Esq; [bound with:] An Act for Incorporating the Executors of the Last Will and Testament of Thomas Guy,

late of the city of London, Esq; deceased, and others, in order to the better management and disposition of the charities given by his said last will.

London: Printed for John Osborn; Printed by John Baskett, Printer to the King's Most Excellent majesty, And by the Assigns of Henry Hills deceas'd, 1725 Stock Code: 134326
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An attractive copy, in a binding funerary in style, of the will of the bookseller turned South Sea speculator Thomas Guy (1645-1724), who, selling his stock before the crash, was able to fund various good causes, most notably the foundation of Guy's Hospital, which still operates to this day. His will makes provisions for the maintenance and expansion of the hospital, with the parliamentary act passed to incorporate this. Various 1725 printings of both publications are known, with their priority unclear. The numerous printings show the public's interest in the extent of Guy's fortune and how he disseminated it; in his life he had a reputation for parsimony and accrued hostile rumours, perhaps fuelled by bitterness among those whose investments in the South Sea company proved less profitable.

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2 works bound in 1 volume, octavo (203 x 124 mm). Contemporary black morocco, spine lettered in gilt with gilt urn motifs to compartments, marbled endpapers, green silk bookmark.


Ownership signature dated 1882 and another pencilled ownership signature to front free endpaper; some pencilled annotations to the text. Half-title and initial blank present respectively. Light rubbing to extremities, endpapers foxed. A very good copy.


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