(Berkeley). Smyth, John.


The Lives of the Berkeleys. Lords of the Honour. Castle and Manor of Berkeley In the County of Gloucester from 1066 to 1618. With a Description of the Hundred of Berkeley and of Its Inhabitants. Edited by Sir John Maclean. Gloucester Printed by John Bellows 1883-85.
3 vols. 4to. Rubric With Subscribers lists to each volume. Few ills. Ex.-libris Archibald Morton Lewis (one of the Subscribers), with the bookplates of Brian S. Smith, with sm. ‘Sold by Malvern Public Library’ to each volume, some light browning, original cloth backed boards, sl. rubbed labels to sl. chipped spines, some wear to boards with loss to edges, corners bumped. John Smyth (1567–1641), antiquary and parliamentary diarist. ‘... Of his twenty-six volumes of works, three were published in his lifetime [reprinted as the above], chronicling the descent of the barony since 1066, and A Description of the Hundred of Berkeley. These, especially the latter, which he completed in 1639, are full of fascinating details about landholding patterns, customs, traditions, popular culture, and folk wisdom in his beloved adopted homeland ...’
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