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BLOUNT, THOMAS. Fragmenta Antiquitatis; or Ancient Tenures of Land... 2d ed 1784.
"Meant Both to Amuse and Instruct" Blount, Thomas [1618-1679]. Fragmenta Antiquitatis; or Ancient Tenures of Land, and Jocular Customs of Some Manors. Made Public for the Diversion of Some, and the Instruction of Others, ...With Alterations, Large Additions, English Translations, Where Necessary, and Two Indexes; One of the Names of Men, The Other of Places Mentioned in the Work. To Which are Added, Explanatory Notes, And an Index of the Obsolete and Difficult Words and Phrases, Collected from Printed Books, Ancient Manuscripts, &c. By Josiah Beckwith. York: Printed by W. Blanchard and Co. For the Editor, 1784. xix, [1 errata], 363 pp. Octavo (8" x 5"). Recent period-style speckled calf over marbled boards, gilt-edged raised bands to spine. Later owner inkstamp to bottom edge of text block, verso of title page and a few additional leaves. A very attractive binding. $200. * Second edition of a work first published in 1679. Blount's final work, it provides "under the heads of various places in which the land was situate, various curious tenures, and customs of manors, which he had come across in his study of records. It was meant both to amuse and instruct; and it does instruct, because it is a painstaking piece of work, taken from the original authorities, which preserved the memory of many old customs which were rapidly decaying when the book was written.": Holdsworth, History of English Law VI:611. An "Index of the Obsolete and Difficult Words and Phrases" is found in this work on pages 358 to 363. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:398 (7).
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