London: Thomas Adams, 1615. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Full calf boards, rebacked with full calf spine with raised bands and gilt-lettered calf spine label. 699pp, (1p errata). Very good overall. Original calf boards rather rubbed and lightly edgeworn, while modern rebacking is fine; internally tight, with mild age toning of endpapers and virtually no foxing; very occasional inked comments in margins in two hands (one seemingly 17th century, another 18th century). Item #46489
Attractive second edition of this popular biographical gathering in black letter showing the continuity of British bishops from the earliest era up through 1601, when it was first published. This edition adds "A Discourse Concerning the First Conversion of this Island of Britaine unto Christian Religion" (pp. 3-48). So well-regarded was this work by the Anglican cleric and historian (1562-1633) that he was named Bishop of Llandaff -- especially interesting in that the front pastedown bears the small bookplate of John M. Traherne (1788-1860), a Welsh Anglican cleric who served as chancellor of the Diocese of Llandaff and tutored Matthew Craddock of Swansea, the future Bishop of Llandaff; Traherne was a noted antiquarian and author. Front flyleaf bears the large custom bookplate of Thurstan C. Peter (1854-1917), who authored a number of English church histories. A nice copy with interesting background.