Epistle of Gildas The most Ancient British Author who flourished in the yeere of our Lord, 546. And who by his great Erudition, Sanctitie, and Wisedom, acquired the name of Sapiens. Faithfully Translated out of the Originall Latine.

GILDAS

Published by London T. Cotes, for William Cooke, 1638
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First English Edition GILDAS. The Epistle of Gildas. The most Ancient British Author who flourished in the yeere of our Lord, 546. And who by his great Erudition, Sanctitie, and Wisedom, acquired the name of Sapiens. Faithfully Translated out of the Originall Latine. London: T. Cotes, for William Cooke, 1638. First edition in English. Twelvemo (5 7/16 x 3 3/16 inches). [132], 137 [i.e. 135], [1, blank]. Lacking final blank leaf. With engraved frontispiece portrait of Gildas by William Marshall. Hand-colored armorial design on the verso of title page, similar to the design on the bookplate. Full contemporary speckled calf ruled in blind. Brown calf spine label lettered in gilt. Brass clasp closures. Tears on e11 and d3 expertly repaired, no loss of text. Previous owner Hugh, Duke of Westminster's bookplate on front paste-down. Inner hinges cracked but firm. A very pretty and crisp copy. "Gildas, a British historian , who lived in the west of England and wrote in Latin shortly before 547 a sketch of the history of Britain, 'De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae', followed by a castigation of the degraded princes and clergy of his day. In the historical portion he says nothing of Artur, but refers to the victory of Mt. Badon." (Oxford Companion to English Literature, 333). "Gilda's historical work is called in the rubric of the oldest extant manuscript, 'Liber Querulus de excidio Britanniæ.' It is devided in the editions into a first part called 'Historia Gildæ,' and a second part called 'Epistola Gildæ;' but it is plainly a continuous work, and the division seems due to early transcribers.'The Epistles of Gildas, faithfully translated out of the Original Latine, with introduction by J. Habington' (1638), was the first version in English." (Dictionary of National Biography, 346). Lowndes, 892. HBS 64368. $4,000. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Epistle of Gildas The most Ancient British ...
Publisher: London T. Cotes, for William Cooke
Publication Date: 1638

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