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The Lives of those eminent Antiquaries John Leland, Thomas Hearne, and Anthony a Wood With An authentick Account of their respective Writings and Publications, From Original Papers. In which are occasionally inserted, Memoirs Relating to many eminent Persons and various Parts of Literature Also Several Engravings of Antiquity, never before published.

By Unamed

1772

Clarendon Press : Oxford

8.5" by 5.5"

 

 

 

 

DETAILS

A uniformly bound work explore the lives of numerous antiquaries. Profusely illustrated throughout.

A collection of biographical and autobiographical works by John Leland, Thomas Hearne, and Anthony a Wood. Volume I contains the autobiography of Anthony à Wood. A notable antiquary Wood kept a large library which he later bequeathed to the Ashmolean Museum. In his personal life Wood was described as having uncouth manners, with some also criticising his literary style. Nonetheless, his passion for antiquarian research is what makes his such a notable character in the field. Volume II then explore the life of both John Leland and Thomas Hearne. Both, like Wood, are notable antiquaries as well known for writing poetry and memoirs. Complete in two volumes. Illustrated with numerous plate and several folding plates. The bookplate of Sidney R. S. Barnes to the front pastedown of each volume, with ink inscriptions to the front blank of each volume.

CONDITION

In a uniform full mottled calf binding. Externally generally smart. Rubbing to the head and tail of the spine, resulting in loss to the leather. Patches of rubbing to the spine, joints, boards and extremities. Cracks to the joints of volume II, resulting in the hinges being tender with cords showing. Bookplate to the front pastedown of each volume, and ink inscriptions to the front blank of each volume. Light rubbing to the endpapers. Internally generally firmly bound, strained in places. Pages are generally clean with light age toning and occasional spot.

Overall Condition: Good

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