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CAIUS, John
De antiquitate Cantabrigiensis Academiæ libri duo
London, Per Henricum Bynneman, 1568, Mense Augusto. FIRST EDITION. Two parts in one. 8vo. pp. 340, 340b-e, 341-360, [xxiv]; [xl]. A-X , Y (Y2+’Y2’²) Z-2A , A-E . Two-leaf gathering in quire Y, both leaves signed Y.ii., containing material omitted on leaf Y2v. The “Assertio antiquitatis Oxoniensis Academiæ” by Thomas Caius has separate dated title page and register. Italic letter in first work, Roman in second, some Gaelic. Floriated woodcut initials, large woodcut printer’s device to recto of last, bookplate of Chatsworth Library on pastedown. Light age yellowing, wormtrail to blank gutter of a few quires, three lines inked over on penultimate leaf. A very good copy, crisp and clean, in C17th style calf but later, covers bordered with a double blind rule, spine gilt and blind ruled in compartments, title label gilt lettered, edges gilt ruled, a.e.r. joints, head and tail a little worn. First edition of this important, though extravagant, history of the University of Cambridge, which was published anonymously with a text by Thomas Caius arguing the case for Oxford being the oldest English University. “John Caius [Kees, Keys] was an English physician, and second founder of the present Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, was born at Norwich on the 6th of October 1510. He was admitted a student at what was then Gonville Hall, Cambridge, where he seems to have mainly studied divinity. After graduating in 1533, he visited Italy, where he studied under the celebrated Montanus and Vesalius at Padua; and in 1541 he took his degree in physic at Padua. In 1543 he visited several pa … [Click Below for Full Description]
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