Title: De Rebus Britannicis Collectanea.
Publication: Oxonii [Oxford]: E Theatro Sheldoniano. 1715.
Description: First edition. 8vo. 6 vols, first and fifth in two separate vols with continuous pagination. [cix], , , 296pp. (+ 4 folding plates); [298-] 622pp. (wanting final blank); 431pp., ; 168pp. (+ folding map); 304pp.; 418pp., . Full-page or smaller engravings of English monuments, buildings and ancient coins, decorated initials. Minimal toning, occasional mainly marginal spotting, I.i) small paper flaw to lower outer corner of 2M, one plate strengthened on verso, I.ii) Small paper flaw to lower outer blank corner of 4A, II) small paper flaw to outer lower edge of 2A, V.ii) minor repair to outer blank margin of A2. Modern half calf over marbled boards.
First edition of John Leland's encyclopaedic study of Britain, with chapters devoted to ancient to medieval history, antiquities, literature and numismatics, edited by the renowned antiquary Thomas Hearne from Leland's own notebooks preserved at the Bodleian Library. With the famous essay on the historicity of King Arthur.
Bibliography: ESTC T148512.
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