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    [Featured Lot] Wood, Anthony á . Athenae Oxonienses. An Exact History Of All The Writers and Bishops Who have had their Education in The most ancient and famous University Of Oxford, From The Fifteenth Year of King Henry the Seventh, Dom. 1500, to the End of the Year 1690. Representing The Birth, Fortune, Preferment, and Death of all those Authors and Prelates, the great Accidents of their Lives, and the Fate and Character of their Writings. To which are added, The Fasti or Annals, of the said University, For the same time. London: for Thomas Bennet, 1691-2. Folio. 2 vols in 1. ¹1,a2,B-4F4; ¹1,A2,B-2X4,2Y-4E2. Leaves Lll-Mmm2 in volume 2 are replaced with duplicate leaves from volume one and are consequently lacking. [6],200, 219 904cl=452p,[9]; [8],906cl=453p,[10]p. Contemporary panelled calf, rebacked and recornered, new endpapers, old owner's name "Edw. Curteis, Fellow of Oriel College,Oxford" on t.p. (scored), old stains, some edgewear, soiling. T.p.s in red and black, head-piece of Oxford Univ. crest, large historiated initial. First English Edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $875


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    "Wood (1632-95) was ready for press about the beginning of 1690, but found the undertaking costly. It swallowed up not only the money he received from the Sheldons, but 30l. which he received in October 1690 from the university for twenty-five manuscripts sold to the Bodleian. Afterwards, in view of the second volume appearing, he twice tried to sell a further portion of his library. He at last came to terms with Thomas Bennet of London, and the book was published in two folio volumes, vol. i. in June 1691, and vol. ii. in June 1692. In each case Wood had added to the biographical portion proper, i.e. the 'Athenae Oxonienses,' a new draft of his 'Fasti Oxonienses,' as a convenient way of bringing in some of his surplus material....

    The book not unnaturally excited very bitter feelings. Wood was himself fond of severe reflections, and all through his work had adopted reckless charges and criticisms from spiteful correspondents. In November 1692 Henry Hyde, second earl of Clarendon, caused Wood to be prosecuted in the vice-chancellor's court at Oxford for libelling his father Edward, the first earl, Wood having printed a statement by John Aubrey accusing the lord chancellor of selling offices at the Restoration. In July 1693 Wood was found guilty, condemned in costs, and expelled the university. The offending pages were publicly burned."

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