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    John Spelman. Aelfredi Magni Anglorum Regis Invictissimi Vita Tribus Libris Comprehensa... Oxonii [Oxford]: Theatro Sheldonian, 1678. Krown & Spellman retail: $1,000. First edition. A4, b2, c4, d2, B-U2, X-2R4, S-U2. [40],220,[11],[1]pp. 7 full page platesand ADDED fold-out plate by David Loggan from Oxonia Illustrata, "Collegium Universitatis" (1675). Modern calf over marbled boards, title in gilt to spine. Title page soiled, first and last few leaves with dampstains to lower corner margins. Few leaves with minor edge wear. First plate with few foxing spots. Extra added fold out, soiled with dampstains to outer margins, minor edge tears, no affect. Very good. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    "Alfred 849-901, king of the West-Saxons, is the one great character of our early history whose name still lives in popular memory, and round whose well-known historical career a vast mass of legend has gathered. The name of Alfred is familiar to many who perhaps do not know the name of any other king or other worthy before the Norman Conquest. And popular belief has made him into a kind of embodiment of the national being; he has become the model English king, indeed the model Englishman."[-DNB]

    Spelman, Sir John 1594-1643, royalist and author, was the eldest son and heir of Sir Henry Spelman,he published from manuscripts in his father's library.

    Wing S4934. Madan 3197. ESTC R4024.

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