De Rebus Brittanicus Collecteanus

By: Leland, John [Lelandi, Joannis]; Thomas Hearne (editor]

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Six volumes, Latin text, octavo, four folding plates, a few text illustrations, very clean internally, blue cloth, upper corners a little bumped in the last volume, cloth just very slightly age-toned, otherwise a very good set. [John Leland or Leyland (c.?1503 - 1552) was an English poet and antiquary. He has been described as "the father of English local history and bibliography". His Itinerary provided a unique source of observations and raw materials for many subsequent antiquaries, and introduced the county as the basic unit for studying the local history of England, an idea that has been influential ever since. [By about 1538, Leland had turned his attention to English and Welsh topography and antiquities, embarking on a series of journeys which lasted six years. Probably over the summer of 1538 (though there may also have been earlier and/or later trips), he made an extended excursion through Wales. He subsequently made a number of journeys in England: the exact sequence and their dates are again uncertain, but there seem to have been five major English itineraries, taken over the summers of the years 1539 to 1543. His one firmly dated itinerary is that of 1542, which took him to the West Country. By that date he had been on a tour to the north-west, which went via the Welsh marches to Cheshire, Lancashire and Cumberland; while other itineraries took him to the west Midlands, the north-east (reaching Yorkshire and County Durham), and the Bristol region.[15] He probably explored the south-east in shorter excursions. He is not known to have toured East Anglia, for which only a few fragmentary notes survive. Leland kept notebooks on his travels, in which he entered and assessed information from personal observation, and from books, charters and oral sources. It is this material which we now know as his 'Itinerary'. ]

Title: De Rebus Brittanicus Collecteanus

Author Name: Leland, John [Lelandi, Joannis]; Thomas Hearne (editor]

Categories: Topography, Archaeology, Local History, Architecture,

Edition: First Thus

Publisher: Farnborough, Gregg International Publisher: 1970

ISBN Number: 0576728659

ISBN Number 13: 9780576728652

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 014747