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Britain, Or A Chorographicall Description of the Most Flourishing Kingdomes, England, Scotland, and Ireland, and the Ilands adioyning, out of the depth of Antiquitie:.
George Bishop and John Norton, London 1610 - A poor copy of an extremely rare and valuable work being the first translation of William Camden's historic survey into English. Classed as 'poor' because it is lacking the decorative title page, has had 25 of 57 maps removed, lacks some final index pages, and has some poorly done paper repairs. Philemon Holland's translation was popular but not particularly accurate. The maps are engraved by Willem Kip and William Hole after John Norden and Christopher Saxton, who produced the maps for the 1607 latin edition. In buckram library binding with gilt titles and number and raised bands to spine. The binding is sound. There is a bookplate of City of Portsmouth Public Library on the front pastedown and they are presumably responsible for the binding, new endpapers and poor paper repairs (sellotape and pasted paper). The engraved title page is missing. The first page is a dedication page with historic crossed out signature to the bottom, followed by a letterpress title page dated 1610 with an ink signature of Richard Hughes 1740 on either side of the design. There are some library markings to the reverse but no other library signs in the rest of the book. Further contents: Author to Reader 4pp; ad lectorem 3pp; Britannia 1p; alphabet 1p; text p1-822 with 25 maps, 8 pages of coins and other engravings; blank; half title Scotland (with further signature of Richard Hughes); text pp 1-54; half title Ireland; text pp 57-233; Shires of England 1p; Index 37pp; names of antiquities 7pp; Table of Scotland 7pp; Table of Ireland 3pp - lacking entries after S; endpapers. The following maps are present: Devon, Dorsetshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Sussex, Gloucestershire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Suffolk, Huntingdonshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Radnor, Brecknock, Monmouthshire, Glamorganshire, Carmarthenshire, Penbrokshire, Cardiganshire, Montgomeryshire, Merionethshire, Caernarvonshire, Anglesey, `Denbighshire, Flint, Durham, Westmoreland, and Cumberland. Some maps are trimmed or with other damage - the Welsh maps are in the best condition. There are a number of old paper repairs done with sellotape (generally to text pages) - the tape has been removed but the marking is still present. Some initial pages have reinforcement to edges. Paper has light brown toning, and there is occasional staining, but overall the text is in good condition. Whoever robbed the maps has in a few cases slit the gutter of the neighbouring pages - these slits have been repaired with archival binding tape. The work has been priced to take account of condition. Please enquire if you would like to see further images or ask to discuss aspects of condition. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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