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STUKELEY, William (1687--1765)
Palæographia sacra. Or discourses on sacred subjects. By William Stukeley, M.D. ...
London: printed by Richard Hett: and sold by J. Baillie, 1763.
[12], 133, [7] p., engr. frontis. (hand-col.) ; 25.8 cm. (4º)

Stukeley was an antiquarian and a scholar of sacred history and cabalistic science. He became first secretary of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1718 and is widely known for his publications, Itinerarium curiosum, 1724 (q.v.), Stonehenge a temple restor'd to the British Druids, 1740 (q.v.); and Abury, a temple of the British Druids, 1743 (q.v.). Stukeley's topographical views, and his interest in ruins and the romantic landscape as a precursor of the 'Gothic Revival' gave his reputation a long afterlife despite the fact that he championed 'Ossian' and other literary forgeries. (See Stuart Piggott, William Stukeley: an eighteenth-century antiquary, 1985.) In addition to several of Stukeley's printed works, Soane acquired for his Library the Stukeley MSS. collection of 'Sacred Antiquities', consisting of original drawings and descriptions by Stukeley, and prints and extracts gathered from various sources, compiled by Stukeley in four volumes between 1732 and 1751, bought by Soane from the antiquary John Britton for £46 0 10 on 13 January 1813 (Journal 5). The present work, containing essays numbered I--VIII, is a different work from Palæographia sacra: or, discourses on monuments of antiquity that relate to sacred history published by the same author in 1736. The frontispiece plate showing the seed heads of dandelion and angelica plants is unsigned after a design by Stukeley. With an index. ESTC t43560.

Copy Notes Bound (1) with Stukeley's The healing of diseases, 1750 (q.v.), and Letter ... to Mr Macpherson on his publication of Fingal and Temora, 1763 (q.v.). Inscribed on front pastedown in ink: To the Accomplished / Mrs. Farquarson / from / the author. The titles of the additional items bound in have been inscribed in ink on the Contents page as items IX and X, in Stukeley's hand. Bookseller's inscription in pencil on the rear pastedown: 2 vols £1-s1-1 / Presentation copy from / the Author.

Binding C18th mottled calf, gilt double-ruled borders and spine, without spine-label or lettering.

Reference Number 949


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