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STUKELEY, William (1687--1765)
Stonehenge a temple restor'd to the British Druids. By William Stukeley, ...
London: printed for W. Innys and R. Manby, 1740.
[10], 66, [4] p., engr. frontis. port., XXXV pl. (9 fold.) : engr. illus. ; 33.9 cm. (2°)

Stukeley, a prolific author and antiquary, carried out the researches on which this work is based based during a tour of Wiltshire in 1722--24, but publication was most likely delayed by the reprint in 1725 of Inigo Jones's The most notable antiquity of Great Britain, vulgarly called Stone-Heng on Salisbury Plain (q.v.). In the 'Preface' Stukeley expresses the intention that the present work should eventually form part of a much larger work on 'Patriarchal Christianity: Or, A Chronological History Of the True Religion, and of Idolatry.' Stukeley proposed to publish first the final two volumes of the planned work. Only the present volume and the companion volume Abury, 1743 (q.v.) describing the prehistoric remains at Avebury, were published; the more theological material intended for vols I--V was probably used in a shorter form in his Palaeographia sacra, 2 vols, 1763 (q.v.). ESTC t146679; BAL, Early printed books, no. 3200 (a type-facsimile attributed to John Reid, 1838).

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on verso of front free-endpaper In some copies of this book, some of the Prints are in very / bad condition; in this they are perfect WB and with pencil notes pertaining to Romano-British history on rear free-endpaper.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-tooled spine, black morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 3389


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