RELIQUIAE SPELMANNIANAE. THE POSTHUMOUS WORKS OF SIR HENRY SPELMAN Kt. Relating to the Laws and Antiquities of England Published from the original Manuscripts. With the Life of the Author
Printed at the Theater for Awnsham & Chruchill at the Black-Swan in Pater-Noster-Row 1st edition of collected works
Copperplate frontis. portrait by R. White + copperplate view of Oxford Sheldonian Theatre + 2 folding genealogical tables
Folio (in 4's) (314x197mm) contemporary panelled calf sprinkled (covers detached/spine leather mostly gone/tips worn) (34p)+214pp+(12p=index) Coat of Arms bookplate of Edw(ar)d Sach(ever)ll Sitwell Esq. Slight pale foxing to beginning & end but paper clean & supple. *Spelman was a noted antiquary this collection of his writings includes the important one on origins of feudal tenure by military service & how it changed after the Norman conquest. He also wrote on ancient government and parliaments, on various legal matters, described Norfolk & the Iceni who inhabited the area, wrote a family history of the Sharnburns, on Church matters specifically on Sacriledge etc. Many of these papers are here published from manuscripts, others were published in his lifetime. He also collected a good anitquarian library and established a lectureship at Cambridge University (WING 4930)
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