Lewis, John; Humphrey Lhuyd; and Thomas Twine,
THE HISTORY OF GREAT-BRITAIN,
FROM THE FIRST INHABITANTS THEREOF, 'TILL THE DEATH OF CADWALADER...,
AND OF THE
AND ALSO A SHORT
CCOUNT OF THE
IN WHICH ARE SEVERAL
EFENCE OF THE
NTIQUITY OF THE
TO THIS IS ADDED
WRITTEN IN LATIN BY
London, F. Gyles, et al, 1729. First edition Folio. (vi),251,(xxi),52,(xxxvi)pp. Title page in red and black. Beautifully
printed on laid paper with ample margins. Engraved head and tail pieces; index. Contemporary full calf; spine in 7
compartments with raised bands. Old theological college stamp on the front blank. Edges and spine tips worn; hinges
neatly repaired; lettering label perished; else a very good copy and near fine internally.
The first and only edition of John Lewis's
written in the early part of the 17th century but not published until
1729. Contains a considerable amount of material on King Arthur (pp. 179-200). The main history is followed by Lhuyd's
in the translation of Thomas Twine. Rare and important. No doubt written to defend the traditional
history of Wales against such critics as Polydore Vergil, to correct some statements made by Camden, and to vindicate
Geoffrey of Monmouth. Lewis'
was edited by Hugh Thomas, the Brecknock genealogist and historian, who made
some ‘Additions’ to the original work.
ESTCT113293. Lowndes, p. 1352. Allibone, I, 1091.