1623 · Londini
Editio princeps of the monk Eadmer's early-12th-century chronicle covering the Norman period of English history beginning with King Edgar. John Selden edited the text from a manuscript in the fabled Cotton Collection and in doing so presented England with "one of the ablest and valuable writings" since Bede (Encyclopædia Britannica, 11th ed.). Eadmer was a Benedictine monk who was an intimate of St. Anselm, and his biographer. Eadmer died around 1124.
The title-page is printed in black and red, the text is in roman and italic type with bits of black-letter, and the margins have side- and shouldernotes. Leaves T3.4 are a cancel bifolium, as is apparently so in all copies. => There is a large woodcut on p. 166 of the seal of William the Conqueror.
Provenance: Early 18th-century signatures in upper margin of title-page of James Worsley (probably of Pylewell Park, Hants.) and Peter La Neve (the Norroy King at Arms); later 18th-century ownership of Henry Whetonhall of Pecham in same margin.
STC (rev.) 7438; ESTC S121437. Late 17th-century speckled calf, abraded with scrapes; rebacked with new red spine label, new marbled endpapers. A waterstained copy and priced accordingly, the waterstaining being throughout and well across most pages, but typically not darker than "moderate"; complete, and with an interesting provenance. (Inventory #: 36738)