6095. John Lewis History of Great Britain 1729

LEWIS, JOHN - LHUYD, HUMFREY - TWINE, THOMAS. The History of Great-Britain, from the first Inhabitants thereof, 'till the Death of Cadwalader...; and of the Kings of Scotland to Eugene V. and also a short Account of the Kings, Dukes, and Earls of Bretagne...in which are several Pieces of Taliessin, an antient British Poet, and a Defence of the Antiquity of the Scottish Nation ... to this is added The Breviary of Britayne, written in latin by Humphrey Lhuyd ... and Englished by Thomas Twyne...London (printed for F. Gyles, et al.) 1729.

Folio (about 377x240 mm.). Collation see below. Title printed in red and black.
Contemporary brown full calf, worn, small crack in upper part of joints, richly gilt spine in seven compartments, some damage at head, red edges. Signature of C. A. Blomgren 1856 on first endpaper. Bookplate of W. v. Arnold.

Collation: (1)-71, (1 blank), 1-251, (1 blank), (32), (16, last blank), (4), (2), (1)-8, 13-32, 35-52, (2) pp. (partly mis-numbered but complete).

The first and only edition of John Lewis's History, written in the early part of the 17th century but not published until 1729. Contains a considerable amount of material on King Arthur (pp. 179-200). The main history is followed by Lhuyd's Breviary of Britayne in the translation of Thomas Twine.