Scotichronicon genuinum, una cum eiusdem supplemento ac continuatione.

  • Fordun, John
  • Oxonii [Oxford]: e Theatro Sheldoniano 1722
  • ESTC T96011.


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FIRST SEPARATE EDITION, LARGE-PAPER COPY, 5 vols., 8vo, pp. ccxliii, [i], 161, [1]; [ii], 165-491, [1]; [493]-926, [2]; [929]-1366, [2]; [1369]-1640 + 3 plates (1 folding). Vols. 2-5 with half-titles only, as issued. Contemporary calf, boards bordered with a wide gilt roll, spines gilt in compartments between raised bands, red morocco labels, marbled endpapers, edges gilt. Some light spotting, short handling-tear to folding plate. Bindings rubbed and worn at extremities, some labels chipped or defective, joints cracking but sound. Armorial bookplate of Ingestre Hall to front pastedowns.


A large- and fine-paper copy of the first separate printing of the earliest attempt to write a continuous history of Scotland, by the fourteenth-century chronicler John of Fordun. Properly speaking this work should be titled 'Chronica Gentis Scotorum'; it was substantially expanded and retitled 'Scotichronicon' by Walter Bower (c.1385-1449), abbot of Inchcolm Abbey, which work was first published a quarter century after this edition. Fordun's chronicle had initially been printed in one of Thomas Gale's compilations of historical texts, and here is edited by the English antiquary Thomas Hearne.
This copy is one of a presumably small number printed on larger, thicker paper, though the subscriber's list does not identify special copies. It bears the bookplate of Ingestre Hall, at the time of publication in the ownership of Walter, Viscount Chetwynd (1678-1736), later passing to a relation by marriage who became Baron Talbot, but neither names appear in the subscriber's list.

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