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Aelfric, Abbot of Eynsham
An English-Saxon Homily on the Birthday of St. Gregory: Anciently used in the English-Saxon Church. Giving an account of the Conversion of the English from Paganism to Christianity. Translated into Modern English, with Notes, &c. By Eliz. Elstob.
London: Printed by W. Bowyer, 1709. FIRST EDITION, 8vo, pp. [x], lx, [ii], 44, [4], 11, [3], 49, [7] + engraved frontispiece. Text printed in Anglo-Saxon and Roman alphabets. Contemporary sprinkled calf, boards bordered with a double gilt rule, gilt cornerpieces. Some foxing and spotting. Neatly rebacked, hinges expertly relined, old leather somewhat scratched and pitted but since conserved, corners a touch worn, flyleaf clipped at upper forecorner. Early ownership inscriptions of W. Horn and Ri[chard] Munkhouse (Queens College Oxford) to flyleaf, armorial bookplate of Joseph Lawson Sisson to pastedown, occasional annotations in pencil and ink. The first major publication of Elizabeth Elstob (1683-1756), pioneering scholar of Anglo-Saxon. The text is an Old English life of Pope Gregory the Great by the 10th-century grammarian Aelfric, which Elstob edits into 'a lavishly produced book equipped with copious text-critical and explanatory notes, with a modern English translation facing the Old English text on each page and a lengthy introduction and appendix dealing inter alia with the role and enduring importance of Gregory in the English church... Elstob's scholarly œuvre is on a par with the best work produced in Anglo-Saxon studies at the beginning of the eighteenth century' (ODNB), and her use of English for the notes and appendices anticipates the shifting of scholarly language away from Latin in the following century. Elstob's likeness appears in the historiated initial at the beginning of the English text, engraved by Simon Gribelin. ESTC T861 … [Click Below for Full Description]
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