London: T. Cotes for William Cooke, 1638. First edition in English. Hardcover. 12mo. (134),327pp. Full calf. Contemporary boards rebacked. Engraved frontispiece of Gildas by William Marshall. First edition in English, translated from the Latin by Thomas Habington. Early handwritten notes on the front blanks. Bookplate. Preliminary blanks are rough at edges, and contain ontemporary names.
Tip of spine lacking, corners repaired, some faint dampstaining else this is a very good copy.
Gildas provides some of the earliest commentary on the war effort associated with King Arthur. The first edition of the original Latin was pubished as Opus de Calimitate, Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae in 1525.
STC 11895. Potthast, I, 525. Sarton I, 455. Lowndes, p. 790. ESTC S103163. Very good. Item #20035