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Leland, John
Greek Title:Kykneion Asma: Cygnea cantio.
Johannis Streater,, London: 1658 - Collation: A2,B-O8,P2. Pagination: [14], 6, 6-24, [9], 165, [3] p. Modern antique calf, decorated in blind, tile in gilt. Some pencil notes to title, else a very nice copy. Illustrations: Emblem of Swan with cygnets. In praise of Henry VIII. John Leland (1506?- 1552), the earliest of modern english antiquaries; educated at St. Paul's school, London, and Christ's college, Caimbridge; B.A. 1522; studied in Paris; took holy orders; library keeper to Henry VIII before 1530; king's antiquary, 1533; made an antiquarian tour through England, 1534- 43; intended his researches to be the basis of a great work on 'The History and Antiquities of This Nation'; in 'A New Years Gift,' 1545, described to the king the manner and aims of his researches; became insane, 1550. 'Leland's Itinerary' was first published at Oxford in nine volumes, 1710, and his 'Collectanea' in six, 1715. "As a Latin poet he is deserving of high regard. His poems are always graceful and imaginative, and exhibit at times, as in his 'Cygnea Cantio,' an appreciation of natural scenery which is not apparent in his 'Itinerary.' He wrote in very varied metres, and knew and appreciated the best classical models. Ovid, Lucretius, Martial, and Euripides are among the authors quoted by him."[-DNB]. Citations: Wing L1036. ESTC r11350. Lowndes 1338. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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