Monasticon Anglicanum: Or, the History of the Ancient Abbies, Monasteries, Hospitals, Cathedrals and Collegiate Churches, with their dependencies, in England and Wales: Also of all such Scotch, Irish, and French Monasteries, as did in any manner relate to those in England. Containing a full Collection of all that is necessary to be known concerning the Abby-Lands, ... To which are now added exact catalogues of the Bishops of the several Diocesis to the Year 1717. The whole corrected, and supplied with many useful additions [by Captain John Stevens] [with] Stevens, John. The history of the antient abbeys, monasteries, hospitals, cathedral and collegiate churches. Being two additional volumes to Sir William Dugdale's Monasticon anglicanum: containing the original and first establishment of all the religious orders that ever were in Great Britain ... not spoken of by Sir William Dugdale, and Mr. Dodsworth. The foundations of their several monasteries... Collected from above two hundred of the best historians extant, and from antient manuscripts in the Bodleian and Cotton libraries, and many more in the hands of learned antiquaries. Adorn'd with a considerable number of copper plates.
London, R. Harbin [etc.], 1718 [and] London: Thomas Taylor [etc.], 1722-23. 3 vols., folio, vol. I, t/p printed in red and black, xvi, 375, (9, index); vol. II, t/p printed in red and black, [xii], 538, (2, index); vol. III, t/p printed in red and black, (2), 279, 388 (appendix), (6, index) pp. With an engraved general title-page to vol. I, 103 engraved plates in vol. I including 24 double-page, 20 engraved plates in vol. II including 4 double-page, and 31 engraved plates in vol. III including one folding. In all, one engraved title and 154 plates including 28 double-page and 1 folding. Contemporary red morocco, backstrips richly gilt, gilt edges, corners and headcaps a bit worn as usual for folios, a glorious set with an astonishing provenance. Large-paper copy, from the collections of MacCarthy-Reagh, Duc de Noailles, Rosebery, Lynde, McLaughlin, and Bernard Breslauer; Jonathan Hill cat. 200 #228 (sold to a private collector, CA). A beautiful set of the first abridged edition of this magnificent work on English churches and religious orders, profusely illustrated with views of the churches and the habits of the various orders of monks and nuns. Collations are haphazard for this set, with copies at auction recorded with 140-150 plates; this copy has 154 and is quite complete. Lowndes notes: An excellent epitome and calls for 151 plates, giving a full collation of all the plates and erratic pagination. The difference may be attributable to not counting some double-page plates.
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