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Jocelin of Brakelond


  • Author:
    Carlyle, Thomas
  • Publisher:
    William Edwin Rudge, New York, 1923
  • Catalog ID:
    1307905
  • Our ref:
    1307905

Limited edition. Hardback. [10], 157, plus colophon. This is copy no 266/510. Publisher's original black boards. Upper board blind stamped. Gilt to spine. Original slipcase with numbered label to front. In 1840 the Camden Society in London discovered and published a manuscript which had lain neglected for 700 years, The Chronicle of Jocelin of Brakelond, concerning the achievements of Abbot Samson of the Monastery of St Edmund, in Edmunston. This manuscript came to the attention of Carlyle just as his 'French revolution' was published. This chronicle of the twelfth century, seen through the eyes of the Monk Jocelin, seemed full of the virtues that modern England had lost. This chronicle became a vehicle for Carlyle to express many of his own ideas, "marked by the inconsistency and exaggeration which we find throughout Carlyle" but these are "considerations that need not mar our enjoyment of the Chronicle." Introduction by Patrick Kearney. Book in very good condition. A couple of tiny marks to upper board. Internally very clean and unmarked. Free of spotting. Original slipcase in poor condition. Lacking one short edge and the other short edge has separated but re-secured with archival tape to internal surfaces. Two main boards and spine present but hinges weak. Printed and decorated label with copy number handwritten still present on front face.
  • Our price: £25.00

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