Iter Britanniarum: by ANTONIUS, Augustus.REYNOLDS, Thomas (1752-1829).

ANTONIUS, Augustus.
REYNOLDS, Thomas (1752-1829).

Iter Britanniarum: or that part of the Itinerary of Antonius which relates to Britain, with a New Comment, by the Rev. Thomas Reynolds, A.M. Rector of Bowden Parva, Northamptonshire. Cambridge, J. Burges for the University, 1799.

First Edition. 4to (270 x 205 mm), two coloured folding engraved maps and pp. [iv], xxiv, [2], 489, including the engraved dedication leaf, in contemporary calf, worn at extremities, front cover detached, spine gilt, red morocco label lettered in gilt, with the library stamp of University College Oxford on the upper cover, with their bookplate, shelfmarks (crossed through) and cancellation stamp.

Principle work by the Northamptonshire antiquary Thomas Reynolds, including much of the new material on the Antonine itinerary that had come to light since the publication of John Horsley’s Britannia Romana in 1732. The engraved dedication is to William Bennett, Bishop of CLoyne, who had done some revision of the original proofs for Reynolds. Although Bennett was an admirer of Reynolds’ work and had much praise for it, he believed in a more practical approach: ‘He was wedded to an hypothesis, and had adopted a very odd idea, tht a man was a better judge of Roman Roads and fortifications by consulting books in his closet, than by examining them on the spot’ (quoted in ODNB).

ESTC t90096.

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