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William Lambarde (1536-1601) was a notable lawyer and antiquary of his day and part of the close circle of Queen Elizabeth I. One of his roles was as Keeper of the Records in the Tower. The first edition of the ‘Perambulation of Kent’ was published in 1576 and was the earliest printed history of an English county. In it he refers to a ‘Chart of the Shire’ (Hind I p. 224). Because of its vulnerability to invasion by the French the county of Kent had always been of special cartographic significance. The map here displays the beacon system to warn of danger to the coast. Lambarde’s protégé was Philip Symonson the superintendent of Rochester Bridge and later mayor of Rochester. In 1596 he would extend this work with a large two sheet map of the county. It coincided with the second edition of Lambarde’s work offered here. This is the second and best edition and is dedicated to Thomas Wotton. The DNB calls this work ‘a model of arrangement and style’. Provenance: manuscript ownership inscription on verso of last printed page of ‘1689 John Beaban’; ‘Joshua ?iplock his book 1735’ inscribed on p. 54; bookplates of Eustace Whereat Turner M.A.; Patrick Ashley Turner; and A. C. Burford; Marrin’s Bookshop; private English collection; Clive A. Burden Ltd. Catalogue IX (2012) item 61; private English collection. Burgess (2009) 5; Cox III, pp. 127-128; DNB; ESTC S108239; Upcott (1968) I, p. 350.

A Perambulation of Kent; Conteining the Description, Hystorie, and Customes of that Shyre. Written in the yeere 1570 by William Lambarde of Lincolnes Inne Gent: first published in the yeere 1576 and now increased and altered after the Authors owne last Copie

Edm. Bollifant, London, 1596
Octavo (185 x 145 mm.), full contemporary calf, corners repaired, rebacked with ornate gilt embossed and ribbed spine, red calf gilt title label. With typographic title page set within ornate border, pp. [10], 588, [6], with single page map of ‘Anglia Heptarchia’ (slightly shaved top and bottom) and large folding map of Kent (tipped in? and repaired at the folds), last leaf with a tear, A1 strengthened along the fore edge with no loss of text, some occasional light spotting otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 10959
£ 950
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