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Tomus Alter, & Idem: Or the Historie of the Life and Reigne of that Famous Princesse Elizabeth: containing a briefe Memoriall of the chiefest Affaires of State by  Thomas Browne [translator] William Camden - 1st Edition - 1629 - from E C Books and Biblio.com

Tomus Alter, & Idem: Or the Historie of the Life and Reigne of that Famous Princesse Elizabeth: containing a briefe Memoriall of the chiefest Affaires of State

by William Camden, Thomas Browne [translator]

Condition: Good/N


London and Oxford: Tho Harper (printer) and William Web (bookseller), 1629 A good copy of the first edition in English of William Camden's famous contemporary history of Queen Elizabeth I. In 1597 Lord Burleigh asked Camden to write a history of Elizabeth. He started the first part in 1607, and completed it in 1615. The second part - from 1589 to her death in 1603 - was begun in 1617 and published posthumously in 1625 in Leiden and 1627 in London. It was translated from the Latin by Thomas Browne, a student of Christ Church, who dedicated his work to King Charles I. This copy is the first edition of that translation - published in 1629. It is in a contemporary full leather binding which has been rebacked to retain the original spine and reinforce the corners. The binding has some blind tooling and the spine has raised bands. The book measures 8.75 x 6.75 inches. The preliminaries are browned with some wrinkling at page edges, and a small ink signature and a couple of lines of writing (which look to be 1800's). With frontispiece engraving of Elizabeth's tomb; title page; portrait of Elizabeth; dedication to King Charles I; address to the reader; contents listing; text taking her reign year by year (384 pp); index; and appendix 'containing animadversions upon severall passages, corrections of sundry errours, and Additions of some remarkable matters of the History'. With decorative initial capitals and head and tailpieces. Overall the text is very clean. There is light brown staining affecting parts of some pages. The frontispiece and title page have had paper repairs to reinforce the edges. The final page of the appendix has some browning and fraying and the endpapers are browned and damp spotted.


  • Bookseller: E C Books GB (GB)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 031208
  • Title: Tomus Alter, & Idem: Or the Historie of the Life and Reigne of that Famous Princesse Elizabeth: containing a briefe Memoriall of the chiefest Affaires of State
  • Author: William Camden, Thomas Browne [translator]
  • Format/binding:Full-Leather
  • Book condition: Used - Good
  • Jacket condition: N
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Tho Harper (printer) and William Web (bookseller)
  • Place: London and Oxford
  • Date published: 1629
  • Keywords: Queen Elizabeth I; William Camden; William Campden; contemporary tudor history;
  • Bookseller catalogs: HISTORY; 17th century works;
  • Size: 8vo


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