London: Typis Richardi Hodgkinsonne, 1655-1673. First edition. Hardcover. Fine. Item #22173 .
Three volumes in 5. Folio. Full contemporary red morocco bindings, spines in 7 compartments, intricately gilt, gilt rules on the boards, gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Profusely illustrated with full page copper plate engravings of monks and monasteries. Light subbing to the hinges and edges, one volume with an inner hinge repair, but essentially a fine copy with magnificent plates. An imposing set finely bound.
First edition of a collection of documents forming the history of the ancient Monasteries, Hospitals, Cathedral and Collegiate Churches, consisting of Abbies, Priories, Friaries, and other religious houses of England and Wales from their foundation until their Dissolution. In Latin. Precedes the abridged edition in English of 1692.