Archaionomia, sive de priscis Anglorum legibus libri, sermone Anglico, vetustate antiquissimo, aliquot ab hinc seculis conscripti, nunc demum, magno jurisperitorum, & amantium antiquitatis omnium commodo, ètenebris in lucem vocati. Gulielmo Lambardo interprete.

(Laws. Anglo-Saxon.) [Wheelocke, Abraham, ed.]

  • Publication details - Cambridge: Ex Officina Rogeri Daniel
  • Date - 1644


Stock Number: 2062 Category: Tags: ,

Folio, pp. [xvi], 152, [2], 153-8, 157-226, [9]. Title-page printed in red and black, a double-page map included in pagination. Modern quarter calf with marbled boards in period style, fore-corners tipped with vellum, edges red. A little minor spotting here and there. Occasional marginal annotations in an early hand.


The second edition of this important collection of Anglo-Saxon laws (first 1568), corrected and expanded by Abraham Wheelocke (c.1593-1653), professor of Anglo-Saxon and librarian at Cambridge. The Anglo-Saxon laws are printed in facing columns of Anglo-Saxon characters and Latin, and this edition also includes the Norman French text of the laws of William I (with Latin) and the laws of Henry I in Latin as well. 'Wheelocke's own contribution to Anglo-Saxon studies was immense' (ODNB), with his editions of Bede and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle appearing also in 1643 and 1644; this work was also significant in providing ammunition to the conflicts of constitutionality that became the English Civil War.


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