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A woodcut of Henry VIII features on the title-page of this 1535 German account of the trial and execution of Thomas More, which sold for $11,500 (£9055).

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More is sympathetically viewed as a man of courage and constancy and the work includes a description of his daughter, Margaret, clinging to her father as he was led to the Tower of London.

Sold for $10,000 (£7875) was a 1588 account of the defeat that year of the Spanish Armada, the first part of which is a Copie of a letter sent out of England to Don Bernardin Mendoza, Spain’s ambassador to France.

The letter had been found in the possession of John Leigh, a priest who was subsequently executed for treason. A second portion of the work deals with the death and destruction suffered by the Armada in Irish waters.