In 20c full calf, blind edge tooling, worn at edges. Spine, faded, gilt tooling, lacking title label, crude repair at base. Internally, , (`cxi), ,  subscribers list, , 2-401 pp, , 2C2-2H4 names, index & errata, 20c endpapers, book label to fpd (W Harding Wright, text block edges reddened, small burn hole to O1. (184*116 mm). (ESTC T146343). Geoffrey of Monmouth’s 'Historia Regum Britanniae' appeared in 1136. In his six-part account the author discusses the ‘history’ of the Britons, from the coming of Brutus to the Saxons’ arrival. He also referrers to the ‘Prophecies of Merlin’ and sheds new light on the ‘history’ of king Arthur. Aaron Thompson’s translated version was the first of its kind in the English language. This 1718 edition includes an extensive preface by Thompson in which he assesses the accuracy of Geoffrey’s accounts. Of the twelve books, nine, ten and part of the eleventh are devoted to King Arthur. This section in the original Latin text formed the basis for all subsequent versions of the legend. Among the subscribers to this edition is Sir Isaac Newton.
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