6064. Beda's Historiae ecclesiasticae 1644

BEDA VENERABILIS. Historiae Ecclesiasticae Gentis Anglorum Libri V. A Venerabili Beda Presbytero scripti; tribus praecipue MSS. Latinis a mendis haud paucis repurgati: Ab Augustissimo veterum Anglo-Saxonum Rege Aluredo (sive Alfredo) examinati ejusque paraphrasi Saxonica eleganter explicati; tribus nunc etiam MMS. Saxonicis collati: Una cum annotationibus & analectis e publicis VeterisEcclesiae Anglicanae Homiliis aliisque MSS. Saxonicis, hinc inde excreptis, nec antea Laine datis: Quibus in calce operis Saxonicam Chronologiam seriem hujus inprimis Historiae compectentem, nunquam antea in lucem editam, nunc quog primo Latine versam contexuimus: Opera haec fere omnia Saxonica hactenus in archivis recondita, nunc demum in Reipublicae Literariae usum deprompta E Bibliotheca Publica Cantabrigiensi. Quibus accesserunt Anglo-Saxonicae Leges : Et ultimo, Leges Henrici I. nunc Primum editae. Cantabrigiae (ex officina Rogeri Daniel) 1644.

Folio (about 347x224 mm.). (24, including a 2-page engraved map), 1-490(pp. 464-467 omitted at printing), 487-570, (10, last blank); (12), 1-152, (2), 153-158, 157-172, 171, (1 blank), 175-226, (10, last blank) pp. Title printed in red and black, one 2-page engraved map engraved by William Hole ("Englalond Anglia Anglosaxonum Heptarchia").
Contemporary brown calf, worn, some cracks in upper joint, old spine laid down on later leather, spine in seven compartments, new spine label. A few leaves with some paperloss in outer margin. Some dampstaining in upper margin. Signature on halftitle of Robert Shafto. Bookplate on inside of upper board of Robert Shafto of Benwell Esq., on inside of lower board William Adair Esq.

Text in Anglo-Saxon and Latin.
Bede (Beda Venerabilis), c. 673-735. Anglo-Saxon England's most prolific Latin writer, and indeed one of the most distinguished authors of the early Middle Ages. At the end of his most celebrated work, Historiae ecclesiasticae gentis Anglorum (HE), he provides a cursory autobiographical note which remains the starting point for what we know about his life and many writings. (Oxford Classical Dictionary).