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
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
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.
SEU LABORIOSAE BALDVINI CANTUARIENSIS ARCHIEPISCOPI
PER WALLIAM LEGATONIS ACCURATA DESCRIPTIO
Davidis Poweli, Londini, Typis Gulielmi Bulmer et Socii, 1806.
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...."
, 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.