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Some Account of the Alien Priories.



Some Account of the Alien Priories, and of such Lands as they are known to have possessed in England and Wales. In Two Volumes.

Engraved folding map and eight plates (four of them folding).

First Edition. Two volumes bound together. 8vo. [183 x 116 x 32 mm]. viii, ix*-*xii, ix-lxiv, 186, 107-110; v, [i], 42, 42*-43*, 43-53, [1], 61-76, 75*-*76, 77-235, [1] pp. Bound in contemporary quarter calf, comb-marbled paper board sides, the spine lettered on a red goatskin label and ruled in gilt, plain endleaves, red sprinkled edges. (Headcap chipped and upper joint slightly cracked).
London: by and for J. Nichols, 1779.

A very good copy, with large margins, of this handsomely produced work. According to Halkett & Laing, quoting Nichols's Literary Anecdotes (v.6, p.631), it was printed from a manuscript of John Warburton (1682-1759), the Somerset Herald, and was edited by Nichols himself with the assistance of A. C. Ducarel and Richard Gough. Robin Myers is of the opinion that Ducarel was probably responsible for writing the second volume. "Alien Priories were cells of the religious houses in England which belonged to foreign monasteries...". These "collections" consist of two parts: of the cathedrals and religious houses in Normandy, and of those in other parts of France.

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