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[ Suffolk - Little Domesday Book . Facsimile of the Suffolk section ] .
[ London : Alecto Historical Editions c.. 2000 ] . 0. Facsimile of the Suffolk section of the Little Domesday Book, handsomely bound in antique style blind-stamped calf, housed in a custom reversed calf antique style satchel with ties. It is bound in a replica of the earliest known Domesday binding (the Winton Domesday) . It measures 11.0" x 7.5" x 2.0" ** Domesday has been called one of the three most famous books in the world, alongside the Bible and the Koran, and is acknowledged as being one of the most important historical documents of the first millennium. William the Conqueror's great survey has been used as a working document ever since its commission at Christmas 1085, and remained pre-eminent as a census of England until the 19th Century. It was last consulted for legal precedent in 1982, 896 years after it was written. Domesday Book encompasses two independent works (in, originally, two physical volumes). These were "Little Domesday" (covering Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex), and "Great Domesday" (covering much of the remainder of England and parts of Wales?—?except for lands in the north which later became Westmorland, Cumberland, Northumberland, and the County Palatine of Durham). No surveys were made of the City of London, Winchester, or some other towns, probably due to their tax-exempt status. Little Domesday was made into three volumes comprising one volume for each of its three counties, Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. Each page of Little Domesday measured 11 x 8 inches, rather smaller than Great Domesday's 15 x 11 inches. The smaller sized pages favoured a binding into thinner volumes than its larger brother. It is the more detailed survey, down to numbers of livestock. It may have represented the first attempt, resulting in a decision to avoid such level of detail in "Great Domesday. Little Domesday was rebound in 1320, its older oak boards being re-used. At a later date (probably in the Tudor period) both volumes were given new covers. They were rebound twice in the 19th century, in 1819 and 1869, on the second occasion by the binder Robert Riviere. In the 20th century, they were rebound in 1952, when their physical makeup was examined in greater detail; and yet again in 1986 for the survey's ninth centenary. On this last occasion Great Domesday was divided into two physical volumes, and Little Domesday into three volumes. When the original document was stripped of its binding for restoration, each folio was laid flat and photographed with an overhead camera the size of a small car. The work took nine months. Each page was then printed, using a continuous-tone lithographic process, making so exact a copy of the original that the ‘hair' side of the old sheepskin folios can be distinguished from the ‘flesh' of the reverse. The survey for Suffolk closes with these words - "This survey was made in the One thousand and eighty sixth year since the incarnation of the Lord, and in the twentieth of the reign of William, not only through these three counties but also through the others." - See Wikipedia / Addison Publications .
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