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15.

Geoffrey ofMonmouth; Ludovico Pontico Virunio; Giraldus Cambrensis

BRITANNICAE HISTORICAE LIBRI SEX ....

ITINERARUM CAMBRIAE .... CAMBRIAE DESCRIPTIO

London, Henry Denham, 1585.

Three parts in one. Small 8vo. (14)284,(6)pp.

18th century calf; spine in 6 comparments, gilt. Large printer's devices on each

of the three title pages. The first part is an abridgement of Geoffrey of

Monmouth's

Historia Regum

by Virunio, a native of Treviso. He abridged

Geoffrey's history under a commission for the family of the Badaer, prominent

Venetians who were originally from Britain. Part 2 is the

Itinerarium Cambriae

by Giraldus de Barri, who preached throughout Wales in 1188. Part 3 is

Giraldus' description of Wales. Rebacked with the old, somewhat worn, spine

nicely and neatly laid-on. Loose bookplate of Thomas Edward

Watson laid-in. A couple of old ownership signatures, some old

marginalia, a few minor stains, else a very good copy.

STC 20103. ESTC S114973.

$3500

16888

16.

Giraldus Cambrensis,

ITINERARIUM CAMBRIAE

SEU LABORIOSAE BALDVINI CANTUARIENSIS ARCHIEPISCOPI

PER WALLIAM LEGATONIS ACCURATA DESCRIPTIO

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UM

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NNOTATIONIBUS

Davidis Poweli, Londini, Typis Gulielmi Bulmer et Socii, 1806.

4to.

xxxii,237,(6)pp. Engraved frontispiece, three full page engraved plates, and a

large hand-colored folding map. Contemporary full calf binding; spine in six

compartments with raised bands, gilt, gilt title, gilt rules on the boards and

gilt inner dentelles. Marbled endpapers. With the armorial bookplate of

Henry Drummond (1786-1860) of Albury Park, Surrey, now Albury Estate.

Early edition of Giraldus' 12th century

Itinerary through Wales

. According to

Lowndes, only 200 copies were printed, and he calls Giraldus, the Bishop of

St. David's, the "oldest topographer of Wales...."

Lowndes

, p. 896. The Merlin

reference: Myrddin Emrys is first named by Giraldus Cambrensis in this

Itinerarium Cambriae where he makes a distinction between two Myrddins:

Merlinus Ambrosius (Myrddin Emrys) and Merlinus Celidonius who is also

known as Merlinus Sylvester (Myrddin Wyllt). Rebacked with the original

spine nicely laid on, one plate lightly foxed, tiny closed inner marginal tear to

the map at a fold (no loss) else a near fine fresh copy.

$1000

17637