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Camden, William:
BRITANNIA. SIVE FLORENTISSIMORVM REGNORVM, ANGLIAE, SCOTIAE, HIBERNIAE, ET INSVLARVM ADIACENTIUM EX INTIMA ANTIQUITATE CHOROGRAPHICA DESCRIPTIO
London: Ralph Newbery, 1587.. [16],648,[22]pp. Contemporary vellum, manuscript spine title. Minor toning and soiling, but generally clean internally. Contemporary notations throughout text. Very good. Second edition of the first major topography of Britain. Camden was urged and encouraged to undertake this massive survey by Ortelius. Ten years in the making, the work forced the author to "get some knowledge of the Welsh and Anglo-Saxon languages, to read and read again both native and other historians, many of whose works still remained in manuscript, and to ransack and select from the public records" - DNB. The work was an immediate success, passing through three edition in the first four years. "If Camden wsa not the first English historian (in the modern sense of the word), topographer and antiquarian, he was certainly the first to relate the three studies, and his BRITANNIA is the first book which shows the need to evaluate sources. It was the revolutionary subject matter, and its even more evolutionary treatment of the subject, which made it at once the vehicle and the model for research in all three subjects for the next two hundred and fifty years" - PMM. ESTC S107382. STC 4504. PMM 101 (1st ed). GRAESSE II, p.24. LOWNDES I, p.357.
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana
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