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    Joseph Strutt. The Chronicle Of England. From The Arrival Of Julius Caesar...To The Norman Conquest. London: Thomas Jones, 1777-8. Krown & Spellman retail: $1000. First Edition, first state with Preface dated April 1777. Large 4to. 310 x 240mm. 2 vols. Large paper Copy. viii,365,[3]; 19th c. 1/2 calf over marbled boards, gilt rules on covers, spines decorated in gilt and blind; hinges restored; bookplates of Sir Henry Edwards and Herbert Henry Raphael; minor foxing, very good copies with fore- and tail-edges untrimmed. 42 maps & engravings (Complete.) From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    More Information: "Strutt, Joseph 1749-1802, author, artist, antiquary, and engraver... In 1771 he became a student in the reading-room of the British Museum, whence he drew the materials for most of his antiquarian works. His first book, 'The Regal and Ecclesiastical Antiquities of England,' appeared in 1773. For it he drew and engraved from ancient manuscripts representations of kings, costumes, armour, seals, and other objects of interest, this being the first work of the kind published in England. He spent the greater part of his life in similar labours, his art becoming little more than a handmaid to his antiquarian and literary researches. Between 1774 and 1776 he published the three volumes of his 'Manners, Customs, Arms, Habits, &c., of the People of England,' and in 1777-8 the two volumes of his 'Chronicle of England,' both large quarto works, profusely illustrated, and involving a vast amount of research. ..Although the amount of Strutt's work as an engraver is small, apart from that appearing in his books, it is of exceptional merit and is still highly esteemed. In the study of those branches of archaeology which he followed he was a pioneer, and all later work on the same lines has been built on the foundations he laid." DNB      ESTC t75215. Lowndes 2538.         

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