THE HISTORIE OF GREAT BRITAINE. John Speed.
THE HISTORIE OF GREAT BRITAINE
THE HISTORIE OF GREAT BRITAINE

THE HISTORIE OF GREAT BRITAINE

under the conquests of the Romans, Saxons, Danes and Normans. Their originals, manners, habits, warres, coines, and seales: with the successions, lives, acts, and issues of the English monarchs from Julius Caesar, unto the raigne of King James, of famous memorie. The third edition. Revised, enlarged, and newly corrected, with sundry descents of the Saxons Kings, their marriages and armes. Pp. [xxii](including blank preliminary)+1237[actually 1281, with pp. 1043-1086 numbered on rectos only]+[5](summary conclusion)+[80](table), frontispiece portrait, large printer's device on title page, numerous text illustrations, head & tailpiece decorations, and small decorative initials, the title and dedication pages and many of the decorations rubricated (usually in simple lines, occasionally more elaborately), several full page genealogical tables; f'cap. folio; early calf boards with decorative blind border within triple gilt rules, gilt edges and dentelles, corners lightly worn, sympathetically rebacked with modern calf spine lettered and decorated in gilt, the boards a trifle marked, including a thin ink stain to upper board near head of spine; all edges green; remains of ribbon marker; marbled endpapers; hinges neatly strengthened, bookseller's sticker at foot of upper pastedown, another earlier bookseller's sticker on verso of upper free endpaper, early inked signature on blank preliminary leaf, minor printing flaw p. 1068 (affecting a couple of letters of text), a few small marginal water stains, some of the illustrations faintly offset, occasional light foxing and soiling; printed by John Dawson for George Humble, London, 1632. STC 23049; Lowndes p. 2472. *John Speed (c. 1552-1629) is best known today as a cartographer. His atlas The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine contained the first individual county maps of England and Wales. In his own time, he was also highly regarded as an historian, and he was encouraged to begin his History of Great Britaine by William Camden and other fellow members of the Society of Antiquaries. This work, first published in 1611, is a companion to Speed's famous atlas, but is complete in itself. (In the first editions, the pagination was continuous through both volumes, which is why the present edition commences with 'the fifth book' and the table of contents includes the 'first four' books [ie., the atlas]). This edition is a variant of one published in 1631, and has the peculiar pagination noted by Lowndes. A neat early inked annotation at the foot of p. 1237 in this copy briefly updates the information to include the death of James I and the reign and death of Charles I. The frontispiece portrait of Speed, by Savery, appeared in the later editions of most of Speed's works. Other illustrations include portraits of kings, royal seals and coats of arms, coinage, etc. Item #098803

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