Small octavo. , 338, pp (Index). Late 18th, early 19th century full calf, with gold lettering to spine and gilt ruling on covers. Engraved title vignette. Title page in red and black lettering. Decorative initials and tailpieces. Illustrated with 11 engravings (including title vignette), Richard Verstegan's "A Restitution of Decayed Intelligence" has been credited by Daniel Woolf as the first book "to glorify the Saxons above all other English peoples" and by Glenn Burgess as having destroyed "the myth of British origins." The second half of "A Restitution of Decayed Intelligence" is a 150 page glossary of Anglo Saxon words; alternately applauded for accuracy and dismissed as baffling, this glossary answers the glossaries, dictionaries, and martyrologies produced by the Protestants. Richard Verstegan's "A Restitution of Decayed Intelligence" was so popular that it was reprinted several times in 1628, 1634, 1652, 1655, and 1673. This work is perhaps the first endeavour to persuade Englishmen that they should regard with special predilection the remains of Anglo-Saxon in their language, customs, and laws a matter in which (despite obvious faults) he was far in advance of his age, when the influence of Latin was so predominant. It is a very straightforward book, with the simple object of demonstrating the descent of the English from the Germanic peoples of northern Europe. Moderate rubbing and slight abrasion to binding. Previous owner's name on inside of free front endpaper. Title page mounted. Previous owner's name dated 1714 on title page (not affecting lettering). Moderate and sporadic age-toning throughout. Binding in overall good, interior in good to very good condition. About the author: Richard Verstegan (c. 1550 - 1640), Anglo-Dutch antiquary, was the son of a cooper established in East London. His grandfather, Theodore Roland Verstegen, a Dutch emigrant, came from Gelderland to the Kingdom of England c. 1500. Under the name of Rowlaunde, Richard went to Christ Church, Oxford, in 1564, where he may have studied early English history and the Anglo-Saxon language. Leaving the university without a degree (having become a Catholic), he was indentured to a goldsmith, and became a Freeman of the Company of Goldsmiths in 1574. He published in 1576 in London a guidebook to Western Europe, translated from the German, entitled The Post of the World. At the end of 1581 he secretly printed an account of the execution of Edmund Campion but was discovered and 'being apprehended, brake out of England'. In exile he resumed the name of Verstegen. In Paris he was briefly imprisoned at the insistence of the English Ambassador; in Rome, he was the recipient of a short-lived pension from the pope. In both of these cities he published accounts of the suffering of priests in England. In 1585 or 1586 he moved to Antwerp, and set up in business as a publisher and engraver, an intelligencer, and a smuggler of books and people. He spent the rest of his long life in Antwerp, dying there in 1640. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: A Restitution of Decayed Inteligence: In ...
Publisher: Printed in Antwerp by Robert Bruney. And to be sold in London by John Norton and John Bill
Publication Date: 1605
Book Condition: g to vg
Edition: First edition.
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