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    Joseph Strutt. Horda Angel-cynnan: or, A Complete View of The Manners...of The Inhabitants of England.... London, 1774-1776.

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    Joseph Strutt. Horda Angel-cynnan: Or, A Complete View Of The Manners, Customs, Arms, Habits, &c. Of The Inhabitants Of England, From The Arrival of the Saxons, To the Reign of Henry the Eighth; With A Short Account Of The Britons, During the Government of the Romans. London: for the Author, 1774-1776.

    First Edition. Three large paper quartos. [2], iv, [2], 112; [6], 129, [3]; [4], 192, [1], with errata slip. 157 full-page sepia tone copper-plates. Nineteenth century half calf over marbled boards, gilt rules on covers, boards rubbed, scratch on the back board of volume three, corners bumped and chipped; spines decorated in gilt and blind; joints restored, hinges re-enforced, volumes two and three re-backed with old spines laid on, edges chipped, old spine of volume three not fully laid down on back board; bookplates of Sir Henry Edwards and Herbert Henry Raphael, dealer's holograph pencil notes on two front blanks of volume one, small book binder's plate on the verso of front free endpapers of volumes one and three; fore- and tail-edges untrimmed, minor foxing, occasional soiling or stains, two small holes in top of preface page in volume three with loss of one letter, otherwise three very good volumes. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    "Joseph Strutt, 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 archæology 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 t75202. Hiler820. Colas 2821. Lowndes 2532. Gross 1238.    



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