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CAMDEN, William.
Britannia: or, a Chorographical Description of the Flourishing Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland, and the Islands of Adjacent, from the earliest antiquity.
London: John Stockdale, 1806. London: John Stockdale,, 1806. The fine paper issue with the maps hand-coloured 4 volumes, folio (435 x 260 mm). Near-contemporary speckled calf, spines with five raised bands, compartments framed with paired and triple gilt fillets and decorated with circles at each corner, raised bands with a roundel-and-wavy-line roll, each compartment with central rectangular motif formed of foliate tools, dark red and black twin labels, sides with border of paired gilt fillets, blind milled edge roll, red speckled edges. Engraved portrait frontispiece of Camden by James Basire after W. P. J. Lodder (Loder), 57 mostly folding engraved maps by John Cary (50 hand-coloured), 104 engraved plates. Contemporary ownership inscription of one S. L. Lillington at head of vol. I title page; recent bookplate of D. A. W. Russell. Partial tidemark to portrait, a few light abrasions, vol. I with small chip at head of spine, area of stripping at fore edge of front cover of vol. IV. A very good set, tall and clean. Second Gough edition, an important revision of Camden's influential work; "Britannia had an enormous and lasting impact on multidisciplinary historical writing, and was also of the highest importance as a cultural icon affecting the national self-image" (ODNB). This conspicuously handsome set of the fine paper issue is enhanced enormously by the presence of the delicately hand-coloured county maps. Richard Gough (1735-1809) was the leading antiquary of his day, director of the Society of Antiquaries, known for his exacting standards of scholarship ("textual acc … [Click Below for Full Description]
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