An Introduction To The Old English History, Comprehended In Three Several Tracts.




Printed by Tho. Newcomb, for Samuel Lowndes, over against Exeter Exchange in the Strand/ In the Savoy Vols. 2 and 3/ Vol. 3, Printed by Edward Jones, for Sam. Lowndes...and Awnsham and John Churchil, at the Black Swan in Pater-Noster-Row.




1684, 1685, 1700


1.the first, an answer to mr. petyt's rights of the commons asserted; and to a book intituled, jani anglorum facies nova; the second edition very much inlarged. the second, an answer to a book intituled, argumentum antinormanicum, much upon the same subject; never before published. the third, the exact history of the succession of the crown of england; the second edition, also very much inlarged. together with an appendix containing several records, and a series of great councils and parliaments before and after the conquest, unto the end of the reign of henry the third. and a glossary expounding many words used frequently in our antient records, laws and historians... 2. a complete history of england, from the first entrance of the romans under the conduct of julius caesar, unto the end of the reign of king henry iiii. comprehending the roman, saxon, danish and norman affairs and transactions in this nation during that time. wherein is shewed the original of our english laws, the differences and disagreements between the secular and ecclesiastic powers, the true rise and grounds of the contentions and wars between the barons and our antient kings. and likewise an account of our foreign wars with france, the conquest of ireland, and the actions between the english, scots and welsh, during the same time. all delivered in plain matter of fact, without any reflections or remarques. 3. a continuation of the complete history of england: containing the lives and reigns of edward i. ii. and iii. and richard the second. by robert brady, doctor in physick.

Item Description

4to. 8.5 x 12.75 inches. 1. Introduction, [12] + 412 pp., Appendix, [60] pp. + Glossary, [68] pp. + [15] pp. index. Glossary and Appendix have separate pagination and register; 2. Complete History of England, [12] + lxvii + [8] + 675 + [1] pp. + Appendix (in Latin), 254 pp. + 68 pp. index. Appendix has separate pagination and register. Initial imprimatur leaf; 3. A Continuation of the Complete History, [2] + 467 + [3] pp. + 24 pp. index + Appendix (in French and Latin), 139 + [1] pp. Vols. 2 and 3 have title pages in red and black. Some text in black letter. Main text within lined borders at edge of page. For irregularities in pagination and detailed discussion of the actual text see ESTC. Bound in original mottled calf, spine rebacked with new endpapers in nineteenth century, in compartments with raised bands, decorated gilt with contrasting maroon morocco title labels, gilt. All edges red. extremities a little worn but very good clean interior clearly printed. Armourial bookplates of Sir Charles Wolseley, Bart. Illustrated by engraved portrait frontispieces (Vols. 2 and 3). Three separately published volumes uniformly bound. An influential survey of English history, which helped to establish a new standard of scholarship and historical method, including an extensive use of chronicles and government archives (then based in the Tower of London). According to Lowndes the work was later extensively used by David Hume in The History of England (1754-62). As a an ardent royalist, Brady used his writings to condemn the idea of an ancient constitution and inherent rights and laws and emphasise the primacy of the monarchy and feudal system as established by the Norman Conquest. He was also influenced in his writings by the controversies of the time in his role as a politician particularly from the Exclusion Crisis onwards; he attacked the rights of the Commons asserted by William Petit in the Introduction to the Old English History. Robert Brady (c.1727-1700), academic, historian and physician, returned to Cambridge in the early 1650s after some years of exile as a royalist. He held the post of Master of Gonville and Caius College from 1660, regius professor of physic from 1677, and was MP for the University, 1681-89. From 1682 he was physician-in-ordinary to Charles II and later to James II, to whom he dedicated the Complete History. This copy was owned by Sir Charles Wolseley, 7th Baronet (1769-1846) of Staffordshire, who was a radical reformer, imprisoned for sedition and conspiracy in 1820. (ESTC R34414, R19638, R8686. Lowndes p. 253. Oxford DNB). This copy was owned by Sir Charles Wolseley, 7th Baronet (1769-1846) of Staffordshire, who was a radical reformer, imprisoned for sedition and conspiracy in 1820. THIS IS A LARGE AND HEAVY SET WHICH WILL INCUR SHIPPING COSTS ABOVE THE DEFAULT RATE QUOTED BY ABE. PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY IF YOU WOULD LIKE A QUOTATION FOR POSTAGE

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