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Monasticon Anglicanum: Or, the History of the Ancient Abbies, Monasteries, Hospitals, cathedral and Collegiate Churches, with Their Dependencies, in England and Wales
London: Printed By R. Harbin; for D. Browne and J. Smith..., 1718. Three volumes in one. [2], xvi, 120, *117-*120, 121-124, *121-*124, [1], 126-244, [1], 242-375, [9]p. Complete with 103 finely engraved plates, inclusive of extra-engraved title. [With:] STEVENS, John. The History of the Antient Abbeys, Monasteries, Hospitals, Cathedrals and Collegiate Churches. Being Two Additional volumes to Sir William Dugdale's Monasticon Anglicanum...London. Printed for Tho. Taylor, Luke Stokoe, Jos. Smith..., 1722-3. [2], vii, [5], 264, cols 265-272, 273-538, [2]. [4], 279pp, [1]. Complete with 50 engraved plates. [Bound with:] The Appendix: Containing Charters, Grants, And other Original Writings, Refer'd to in these Two Additional Volumes to Sir William Dugdale's Monasticon Anglicanum. 152, cols 153-185, 185-223, 242-388pp, [6]. London. Printed for Tho. Taylor, Luke Stokoe, Jos. Smith..., 1723. First mentioned volume: contemporary panelled calf, gilt, contrasting morocco lettering-piece, expertly rebacked. Armorial bookplate of Rogers Ruding to FEP. Second and third volumes: Contemporary polished calf, ruled and decorated in blind and gilt, contrasting morocco lettering-pieces. Armorial bookplate of George Scott, Woolston Hall, Essex to each FEP. The set slightly worn, with some cracking to joints. However, this remains a handsome and strongly bound set, and internally crisp, fine and with generous margins. Occasional manuscript annotation to text, or on inserted slip. A matched set, each constituent part of which with an interesting provenance: the bookplate of Rogers Ruding to the first work is either that of the Leicestershire-born antiquary, (1751-1820), author of The Annals of the Coinage of Britain and its Dependencies, (London, 1817-9], or his father. The bookplates to each volume of the Stevens continuation are those of George Scott (1720-80), English antiquary, whose manuscript letter-books are now in the Bodleian. William Dugdale (1605-1688), English antiquary. A herald by trade, Dugdale's close bond to King Charles I ensured unrivalled noble connections and a first-hand experience of the English Civil War. The first collected history of English monasticism, Monasticon Anglicanum charts the growth of the major orders (including Benedictine, Cluniac, Cistercian, Carthusian, Gilbertian, Gregorian, Templar and Trinitarian) through the middle ages to systematic dissolution during the English Reformation. The first editions (London, 1655-73) were printed entirely in Latin, collecting the charters of monasteries, abbies, nunneries and major Cathedrals, along with the history of the control, administration and latterly the privileges devolving to secular proprietors of ecclesiastical lands. Composed during the Cromwellian interregnum, the publication of this work was encouraged by a defiant Protestant and Royalist establishment as eager to reclaim their temporal privileges as to preserve the history and identity of English Christianity. This first eighteenth-century edition was translated into English and abridged by John Stevens (c.1662-1726), antiquary, whose two volume supplement improves upon the original. Whilst Dugdale established the field of monastic history as worthwhile and the significance of charters as documentary evidence, it was the publication of the three volume Stevens edition which not only popularized the subject amongst a non-professional audience, but also deepened understanding by including mendicant orders the more recent histories of the minority of establishments which survived the Reformation. ESTC T149944, T147338 and N43152.. First Stevens Edition. Folio.
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