London: George Bishop, 1594. ,717,pp. Thick octavo. Contemporary calf, neatly rebacked to style, spine with raised bands. Corners rubbed. Bookplates on front pastedown. Some contemporary notations to first part of text. Internally clean. Very good. Item #WRCAM47310
Fourth edition of the first major topography of Britain. Camden was urged and encouraged to undertake this massive survey by Ortelius. Ten years in the making, the work forced the author to "get some knowledge of the Welsh and Anglo-Saxon languages, to read and read again both native and other historians, many of whose works still remained in manuscript, and to ransack and select from the public records" - DNB. The work was an immediate success, passing through three edition in the first four years. "If Camden wsa not the first English historian (in the modern sense of the word), topographer and antiquarian, he was certainly the first to relate the three studies, and his BRITANNIA is the first book which shows the need to evaluate sources. It was the revolutionary subject matter, and its even more evolutionary treatment of the subject, which made it at once the vehicle and the model for research in all three subjects for the next two hundred and fifty years" - PMM. ESTC S107385. STC 4506. PMM 101 (1st ed). GRAESSE II, p.24. LOWNDES I, p.357.