Auction Date: 6/07/2017 at 10:30 am
1622 The Description of Leicestershire Book containing Matters of Antiquity, History, Armorye and Genealogy, written by William Burton. London: John White first Edition. Folio, engraved title, engraved portrait frontispiece, folding map by C. Saxton, coats-of-arms in text, 330 pages as called for including index, eighteenth century panelled calf, a little light spotting, professionally re-backed, corners repaired. Size 20 x 30cm approx. (William Burton (24 August 1575 – 6 April 1645) was an English antiquarian, best known as the author of the Description of Leicester Shire (1622). On 29 September 1591 he entered Brasenose College, Oxford (B.A. 22 June 1594). He was admitted, on 20 May 1593, to the Inner Temple. He was one of a group of antiquaries there, including Sir John Ferne, Thomas Gainsford, and Peter Manwood. His county history, the Description of Leicester Shire, was begun by 1597. It appeared in print in October 1622, dedicated to George Villiers, Marquess of Buckingham. It was one of the earliest county histories of that time).