Octavo (195 x 130 mm.), two volumes, full contemporary calf, ornate blind panels with corner decoration, rebacked preserving the original ribbed spine, green calf gilt title labels. With frontispiece engraved portrait of William Camden by M. V. Gucht, typographic title pages to both volumes, pp. (34), 466, (2); (2), (paginated 467-822), (2), 103, (7), with 54 (of 61) engraved maps. Lacking Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Middlesex, Essex, Huntingdonshire, Northamptonshire, and Rutland, with an extra map of the Isle of Wight not called for.
The origin of this small two volume edition of William Camden’s Britannia is laid out in the Preface. ‘The last Edition of our Author, Publish’d by the Ingenious Mr. Gibson, met with that Acceptance in the World as might be expected: But it being a very large Volume, and, upon account of its Maps and other Sculptures, unavoidably high in its Price, it was throught it might be of Publick Use, to Publish an Abridgement of this Author …’ To enable this the text was drawn from the Latin text of Regner Vitellius from the edition of Willem Blaeu published in Amsterdam in 1617. This edition was printed by J. Brockwell and included the series of maps by John Seller first published in the Anglia Contracta. The bibliographies call for 60 maps but in this example a map of the Isle of Wight is included in the chapter on Hampshire. It is interesting to note that John Seller’s junior at first shared his premises with a printer called Richard Wilde. It is possible that Richard Wilde and Joseph Wild the printer here are related. Provenance: with two manuscript ownership inscriptions on the title page, ‘Thos. G?’ and Thomas Ogden Stevens (1841-1920). Wadsworth collection, 16 August 1994, bookplate affixed inside front cover. Chubb (1927) 120; ESTC T110653; Hodson (1984-97) no. 122, pp. 123-4; Shirley (2004) T.Camd 6a; Skelton (1970) 122; Tyacke (1978) p. 140; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).