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The first English County History!

The first English County History!

Date posted: 29th September 2018

A Perambulation of Kent:
VG, 1st ed, 1576, 1 map.
In early 19c diced russia, gilt edge tooling. Re-spined, gilt tooling & titles, raised bands. Complete with the engraved map of the Heptarchy (by Richard Lyne), and the extra leaf (H") which lists the Kentish writers, this is the variant S1244785 which omits Middleton's name to the colophon, contemporary ownership name to tp (Fuller?), map trimmed at base, text mainly in black letter with some Anglo-Saxon characters, gilt tooling to board edges & turn ins, a.e.g., 2 faint spots to upper board. Very clean and tight. (Folio, 138*181 mm). (ESTC S2124785. Huth 814/5. Brackman-Anglo Saxon England p136). Editions published in 1576 (ours), 1596 & 1656.
[1], 2-58, 58-59, 59-435 pp, numerous pagination errors (22 - contact Madoc Books for list), but complete.
Title continues: conteining the description, hystorie, and customes of that shyre. Collected and written (for the most part) in the yeare. 1570. by William Lambard of Lincolnes Inne Gent. and nowe increased by the addition of some things which the authour him selfe hath obserued since that time.
Lambarde, antiquary and lawyer had an unparalleled reputation for learning, piety, civic virtue, and trustworthiness. See ODNB.