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Britannia sive Florentissimorum Regnorm, Angliae, Scotiae, Hiberniae, et Insularum adjacentium ex intima antiquitate Chorographica descriptio. Nunc postremo recognita, & magna accessione post Germanicam aeditionem adaucta

By William Camden

1600

George Bishop : London

8" by 6"

[16], 1-324, 327-642, 635-719, 718-747, [3], 751-831, [1], [26], 30, [2]pp

 

 

 

DETAILS

A superior copy of the sought after fifth and first illustrated edition of Elizabethan scholar William Camden's great chorographical work, 'Britannia'. This is the first edition to have the folding maps.

This is the fifth true edition, being the first edition with the maps. A good well margined copy with the preserved original boards. In the original Latin. With illustrations of Roman and ancient British coins from pages 69-75, two folding maps (page 82 and 106), and three full page illustrations to page 219, 605 and 754. The illustration to page 219 is of Stonehenge. The two folding maps are by William Rogers and are titled 'Britannia Provincia Romanorum' and 'Englalond Anglia Anglosaxonum Heptarchia'. The maps are in a very good condition. With the signatures: A-3H8, 3I-3N4. Irregular pagination, as called for. To the first gathering, the order is incoherent. Between A3 and A4 there are two leaves, the first with a letterpress and the second being the title page. Collated, complete. Endpapers are renewed, with the final blank retained. Additional engraved title page by William Rogers to the start, as called for. This page is closely cropped to the fore edge only affecting the border. With a separate title page for 'Hiberniae, et Insularum Britanniae adiacentium descriptio' as called for. This part presents Camden's rebuttal to Ralph Brooke's 'A Discoverie of Certaine Errours'. ESTC No is S107386. Camden was an esteemed Elizabethan scholar and it was this writing that launched his scholarly career. He eventually became the official historiographer of Queen Elizabeth. This work is a comprehensive survey of Great Britain and Ireland from a topographical and historical standing point. It was first published in 1586 and ran through five further editions in Latin. Camden describes Great Britain and Ireland on a county-by-county basis. He wished to describe sixteenth century Great Britain in detail in the context of its past, and how traces of the past could be found in the existing landscape. Many regard this work as the first picture of Roman Britain. An early copy of this important piece of Renaissance scholarship.

CONDITION

In a contemporary calf binding. Rebacked with the original boards preserved. Externally, very smart with a few light marks to the boards. Small loss to the extremities. Title page is closely trimmed, only affecting the margin. Very small loss to the bottom of page 545, only affecting the bottom margin. Binder's label to the rear pastedown of the individual who rebacked the work, 'by Pat Bruno of Sacramento'. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are slightly age toned with the odd marginal tidemark to the page edges only. 'Camden' written to the fore-edge in a contemporary hand. Occasional scattered spots to pages.

Overall Condition: Very Good Indeed

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