Athen? Oxonienses. An Exact History Of All The Writers And Bishops Who Have Had Their Education In The Most Antient And Famous University Of Oxford,
Printed for R. Knaplock, D. Midwinter, and J. Tonson.
Folio, in fours (except Fasti). 10 x 16 inches. Vol. 1, [xiv] + 742 +  + 286 pp. +  +  pp. index; Vol. 2, [vi] + 1186 +  + 238 +  pp. +  pp. index. Text in double columns, each separately paginated. Separate title page and register for Fasti. Each vol. contains Writers, Prelates and Fasti sections. Bound in contemporary red morocco, gilt, with blind stamped borders on boards; spine in compartments with raised bands and gilt lines with contrasting title labels. Some age wear to extremities with spines darkened and a little worn at head and tail; otherwise a very good crisp set. Armourial bookplates of Viscount Birkenhead. Ownership inscription of I Allen Trin Coll: Camb: bought at Chelmsford Aug: 1751 at head of title, Vol. 1; and abbreviated for Vol. 2. Decorated by head and tailpiece vignettes and by initials. The enlarged Second Edition of a work of collective biography, including an early example of the Oxford Fasti, or calendar, chronologically based lists of the degrees and qualifications bestowed by the University of Oxford, from 1500 onwards, based on extensive research in the archives. The writers section covers all Oxford educated authors, including lawyers, clergymen and nobles. Anthony Wood (1632-95), born and educated in Oxford (MA 1655) also published, in 1674, A Latin history of the University and its individual colleges, this and the Athen? forming a valuable source of early information on the institution. A controversial figure and an ardent Royalist, Wood provides some interesting details on the Civil War years (when the city was the King's HQ) and is quite vituperative about Fairfax and Cromwell in the Fasti section, when the the University created the Parliamentary generals Doctors of Civil Law in 1649. This copy was owned by F. E. Smith, later 1st Earl of Birkenhead (1872-1930), notable barrister and Conservative politician, holding high office, who was himself educated at Oxford. Its acquisition by Birkenhead may perhaps be dated to 1921-22 as he held the title Viscount (between those of Baron and Earl) only during this period. A handsomely bound set in red morocco, first published 1691-92. (ESTC T59423). 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 BEFORE ORDERING.
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