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Ricardi Viti basinstochii comitis palatini historiarum britanniae Insulae, ab Origine Mundi, ad annum Christi octingentesimum, Libri Nouem Priores, ad senatum, populum q; Britannum. Quorum Argumenta post sequuntur
Apud Carolum Boscardum typographum iuratum, [Douai] 1602 - Nine books in five parts. [16], 469, [3]; [8], 123, [3]; [8], 96; [4], 108; [8], 174pp, [2]. Each book with a separate title-page. With an engraved portrait of the author to verso of collective title-page and an engraving of his arms to verso of A7. Contemporary sheep, contrasting red morocco lettering-piece, gilt. Extremities heavily rubbed, splitting to joints, lower board held (firmly) by cords only. Hinges exposed, browning to endpapers, early armorial bookplate to FEP - obscured by later book-labels of 'Guliemi O'Brien' (dated 1899) and 'Milltown Park Library', light dust-soiling and small ink-mark to title-page, short marginal tear to head of Ee6, tear to text of F5, book four, small holes to text of F2-3, book five - without loss of sense in either instance. A reprinting of the first nine books of antiquary Richard White's (1539-1611) learned and consummate effort to substantiate the British history of Geoffrey of Monmouth. Though an ultimately misguided venture, White demonstrates an impressive critical eye and, despite concluding that Monmouth is a reliable source, does assemble a impressive gathering of obscure philological and antiquarian evidence to justify his arguments. The first five books were initially printed as a single volume in 1597 at Arras, with books six through nine being issued as separate parts soon thereafter. Two final books appeared in 1606 and 1607 respectively. Size: 8vo [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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