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The Domesday Book

seu liber censualis Willelmi I regis Angliae, inter archivos in Domo Capitulari Westmonasterii asservatus

with

Libri censualis vocati Domes-Day Book indices and Accessit dissertatio generalis de ratione huiusce libri

In Four Volumes

Edited by Abraham Farley and Henry Ellis

1783 - London

1811-1816 - London

18" by 11", 382; 450; (10), cvii, 570; xvii, 635pp plus one plate

 

DETAILS

The 1783 Domesday Book, with 1816 Additional Volumes.

Bound in leather and marbled paper-covered boards, with gilt lettering and decoration.

Publication Information for Volumes I and II from the ESTC #T97297.

Volume III includes the informative 1816 Introduction from Henry Ellis.

An important work normally commanding 3000- 4000. We have discounted these to allow for the rebinding they deserve.

With two interesting ink inscriptions concerning the text, including one from 'the eminent antiquarian' David Turner, in Volume III.

Whilst title pages for Volumes I and II were issued in 1816, these volumes are bound without as usual.

The text of this work is in Latin, with Introductions in English.

The Domesday Book is the record of the great survey of England completed in 1086, executed for William I of England, otherwise known as 'William the Conqueror'. It was written in Latin, although there were some vernacular words inserted for native terms with no previous Latin equivalent, and the text was highly abbreviated.

Abraham Farley, d.1791, was a lifelong civil servant, who was appointed deputy chamberlain of the Exchequer in 1736, and soon became involved with the public records at the Chapter House of Westminster Abbey. First amongst these was the Domesday Book, of which Farley became custodian, granting visiting antiquaries access to the Book and making transcripts for a fee. In later life Farley was to produce the first printed edition of Domesday Book. Following a Parliamentary order in 1767, Farley was appointed co-editor of the Domesday printing project in 1770, alongside Charles Morton of the British Museum.

Sir Henry Ellis, 1777 1869, was an English librarian. He was educated at the Mercers' School and St John's College, Oxford, where he acted as an assistant at the Bodleian Library. He was first appointed to a position at the British Museum in 1800, and was chief librarian from 1827 to 1856. Ellis was knighted in 1833. He edited various works on antiques and wrote an Introduction to Domesday Book.

CONDITION

The bindings are generally tight and firm. The boards are detached. There is significant wear to the extremities, including significant bumping and rubbing. The spine labels for volume 2 are partially detached, and for volume 3 are missing. Internally the pages are bright with occasional slight browning, and intermittent scattered spots. There are two nameplates and institutional labels to the front pastedowns. Overall the condition is good only, due to detached boards, with a very good interior.


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