... DE ANTIQUITATE BRITANNICAE ECCLESIAE ET PRIVILEGIIS ECCLESIAE CANTUARIENSIS CUM ARCHIEPISCOPIS EJUSDEM LXX. E XXI EXEMPLARIUM 1572 EXCUSORUM, SIBIQUE MUTUO FORTE PLANE SINGULARI DISCREPANTIUM, COLLATIONE, INTEGRA NUNC PRIMUM NUMERISQUE ABSOLUTA OMNIBU

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Londini [i.e. London]: typis Gulielmi Bowyer, 1729. [20],592,[92];[2],xliv,[2],xlv-lxiv pp. Thick folio. Old calf, neatly rebacked and recornered in sympathetic unlettered brown morocco. Engraved portrait (by Vertue), plates and vignettes. Decorative head and tail pieces and initials. Binding rubbed but sound, some occasional dusting to upper margins, bookplate and small stamps of the Bibliotheca Bayswater, otherwise a very good copy. Edited by Samuel Drake, from the original text of 1572, including 'Academiae historia Cantebrigiensis' with a sectional title and separate pagination and register. Bowyer's records show 500 copies were printed in this format, 100 on royal paper, and 3 on imperial paper, and numerous sheets required reprinting because of damage. Parker (1504 - 1575) assembled a significant collection of books and manuscripts to further his research into possible early forms of the Christian Church in England independent of Rome. His persistent enquiries (earning him the epithet 'Nosey Parker') resulted in the preservation of some of the material that was scattered as a consequence of the closing of the monasteries that might otherwise have perished. Such materials provided sources for the present work, which was originally privately printed in a small edition in 1572. ESTC T145634. LOWNDES VII:1776-7. BRUNET IV:376.


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