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    The Domesday Book, Printed in Its Entirety for the First Time

    Domesday Book. [London, 1783]. First complete edition. Two folio volumes, 382 leaves; 450 pages. No title pages, as issued. Contemporary half brown calf over marbled boards, spines stamped in gilt, with brown morocco gilt lettering labels. Bindings heavily worn, joints cracking, later paper labels affixed to spines, a few leaves creased in volume I, several leaves creased in volume II, and last few leaves of volume II dampstained. Bookplates. A good example of this rare book.

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    "The Domesday Book is the most ancient record in the [British] kingdom, and the register from which judgment was to be given upon the value, tenure, and services of the lands therein described. It was made in consequence of a survey order by William the Conqueror, and completed in 1086. Hume calls it the most valuable piece of antiquity possessed by any nation" (Lowndes and Bohn). The two volumes published in 1783 marked the first time this work had been printed in its entirety. There were no title pages issued at this date. A third volume of indices was published in 1811; and a fourth volume, which included the Boldon Book, the Exon Domesday, etc., came out in 1816. Lowndes and Bohn note that "vols. 1 and 2, 1783, were never reprinted, but titles printed for them in 1816, and again in 1833." ESTC, T97297. William Thomas and Henry George Bohn, The Bibliographer's Manual of English Literature, III, 659.



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