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CAMDEN, William (1551-1623)
Britannia: or a chorographical description of Great Britain and Ireland, together with the adjacent islands. Written in Latin by William Camden, Clarenceux, King at Arms: and translated into English, with additions and improvements. The second edition. Revised, digested, and published, with large additions, by Edmund Gibson, D. D. Rector of Lambeth; and now Bishop of Lincoln, and Dean of His Majesty's Chapel-Royal
London: printed by Mary Matthews, for Awnsham Churchill, and sold by William Taylor, in Pater-Noster-Row, 1722. Full Calf. Fine. A pinnacle of English scholarship, the first comprehensive topographical survey of Great Britain, complete in two tall folio volumes, mainly printed in two numbered columns: [66]pp,cclxviii columns,[2]pp,696 columns; [2],697-1526 columns,[176, appendices, index and errata]pp. Contemporary cambridge-style paneled calf (joints very neatly repaired), spine in seven compartments between raised bands, red morocco lettering pieces gilt; title pages in red and black, copper-engraved frontispiece portrait of Camden, 10 plates of coins and antiquities, 51 folding or double-page maps (including 42 county maps), additional engravings and woodcut illustrations in text. An unusually Fine set, original binding with handsome patina; pages bright, fresh and unmarked; plates and maps in deep, rich impressions. PMM 101 and Gibson's Library, p. 87 (for first edition). Goldsmiths' 6088. ESTC Citation No. T144701. Second (and Best) Edition of this essential translation (by Edmund Gibson), the first successful transcription into English, with maps by Robert Morden. "Not a history, the Britannia attempts (in the words of Gibson's translation of Camden's preface) 'to restore Britain to Antiquity, and Antiquity to Britain'-the charge that Camden says was given him by the 'great Restorer of old Geography', [Abraham] Ortelius himself. It does so by documenting the ancient pre-Roman British past using every kind of primary historical evidence imaginable, whether written reco … [Click Below for Full Description]
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