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GODWIN, Francis. Francisci godwini Primo Landavensis dein Herefordensis episcopi de praesulibus angliae commentarius, omium Episcoporum necnon et Cardinalium ejusdem gentis nomina, tempora, seriem, atque actiones maxime memorabiles Ab ultima Antiquitate repetita complexus. Ad fidem Monumentorum in Archivis Regiis, Lamethanis, &c. &c. Recognovit, Plurimis in locis (adjectis Annotationibus) ad veritatem reduxit, Et perpetua demum Serie ad praesens usque Saeculum continuavit gul. richardson, s.t.p. Coll. Emman. Cant. Magister, et Eccles. Lincoln. Canonicus.

Cantabrigiae [i.e. Cambridge]. Typis Academicis Excudebat Josephus Bentham, 1743.
Folio. [18], 799pp, [43]. Without the two leaves of subscribers in the prelims. With an engraved portrait frontispiece. Interleaved. Recent calf-backed tan cloth boards, lettered in gilt. Very slight rubbing to extremities. Neat tape repair to leaf 3Q2, else internally clean and crisp. Inked ownership inscription of William Henry Black to recto of front blank fly-leaf, with numerous manuscript annotations in his hand (and others) throughout.
The first edition of antiquary William Richardson's (1698-1775) chief literary monument, a revision of Francis Godwin's (1562-1633) De praesulibus Angliae commentarius - a catalogue of English bishops with brief biographies establishing the episcopal succession.

In an advertisement in his edition of Defoe'sThe history of the union between England and Scotland (1786), publisher John Stockdale states that he has 'purchased the remaining copies' of Godwin’s work, and offers them 'at the reduced price of 8s. 6d. in boards'.

William Henry Black (1808-1872), Scottish antiquary, sometime assistant keeper at the Public Records Office. He was elected fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1858 and served on the council. He was also one of the earliest members of the British Archaeological Association.
ESTC T142426.
£ 450.00 Antiquates Ref: 10900