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PALGRAVE, Sir Francis (1788--1861)
History of England. Vol. I. Anglo-Saxon period. By Francis Palgrave, F.R.S. & F.S.A.
London: John Murray, 1831.
xxxix, [1], 391, [1] p., [4] maps (2 fold.) ; wdcut illus. ; 15.4 cm. (8º)

Forms no. XXI of Murray's (later Tegg's) 'Family Library'. No more published. A printed notice was issued in August 1832 (q.v.) announcing that the addition of further volumes would interfere with the plan of completing the 'Family Library' in 36 volumes, and offering "a new Title-Page, which will be given to the Purchasers of the Volume on their application", designating it as a 'History of the Anglo-Saxons'. Publisher's advertisement on the half-title verso and a page of advertisements at the end. Palgrave (born Cohen and converted to the Church of England in 1823), was Deputy Keeper of the Records from 1838 to 1861, collecting and organizing the public records in Chancery Lane, and is considered the founder of what became the Public Record Office.

Copy Notes With a copy of Murray's Family Library Advertiser, March 1831 (q.v.) bound at the front. A bill from T. & W. Boone records Soane's purchase of volumes 15 to 18 and 20 to 22 of the 'Family Library' for £1 11s. 6d. on 17 June 1831. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.7.15).

Binding Publisher's grey cloth, title printed on upper cover: 'The Family Library. No. XXI. History of England. Vol. I. (Anglo-Saxon Period.) ... Price Five Shillings'; and list of titles on lower cover; spine with printed series title. The spine is damaged showing printer's waste paper spine lining with (lithographic?) sketches of Grecian heads.

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