(The first plate above says "Bartholomeus it is meete and most convenient" etc etc)
Richard Gething was born in Herefordshire, perhaps in 1585, and at some point in his life travelled to and worked in London. Massey describes him as being in the company of the "heads and fathers" of English calligraphy and that he deserves our "highest commendation".
You might have heard of or read Sir Ambrose Heal's "The English Writing - Masters and Their Copybooks 1570 - 1800": this copy of Calligraphotechnia once belonged to him and has his bookplates and some notes by him written in it. This book also once belonged to one Nathaniell Adams, who wrote his name in it in 1654(? not sure about the last digit). Note the elaborate knot which is part of his signature. There is a specific name for such a knot, but I forgot what it was.
Short biography of Richard Gething here:
A .zip containing all the scans is here:
And I've uploaded the scans on flickr here:
Edited by Columba Livia, 25 November 2013 - 18:41.