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23.

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

K

INGS OF

S

COTLAND TO

E

UGENE

V.

AND ALSO A SHORT

A

CCOUNT OF THE

K

INGS

, D

UKES

,

AND

E

ARLS OF

B

RETAGNE

...

IN WHICH ARE SEVERAL

P

IECES OF

T

ALIESSIN

,

AN ANTIENT

B

RITISH

P

OET

,

AND A

D

EFENCE OF THE

A

NTIQUITY OF THE

S

COTTISH

N

ATION

...

TO THIS IS ADDED

T

HE

B

REVIARY OF

B

RITAYNE

,

WRITTEN IN LATIN BY

H

UMPHREY

L

HUYD

...

AND

E

NGLISHED BY

T

HOMAS

T

WYNE

....

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

History,

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

Breviary ofBritayne

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'

History

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.

$4500

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