Magna Britannia et Hibernia

Magna Britannia et Hibernia, antiqua & nova, or a new survey of Great Britain, Wherein to the topographical account given to Mr. Camden, and the late editors of his Britannia, is added a more large history, not only of the cities, boroughs, towns and parishes mentioned by them, but also of many other places of note and antiquities since discovered. Together with, the chronology of the most remarkable actions of the Britains, Romans, Saxons, Vikings and Normans. The lives and constitutions of the bishops of all our sees, founders and benefactors to our universities and monasteries, the suffering of the martyrs and many such ecclesiastical matters. The acts and laws of our parliaments, with the place of their meeting. The character of such eminent statement and churchmen as have signalized themselves by their wise conduct and writings. And the pedigrees of all our noble families and gentry, both ancient and modern, according to the best relations extant. Collected and composed by an impartial hand. Containing the counties of London, Middlesex, Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Northumberland. Vol III, Thomas Cox.

Printed by E. and R. Nutt, in the Savoy, and sold by T. Cox at the corner of St. Swithin’s Alley, Cornhill, 1724. Layton Collection 9378

  • Compiled and part written by Thomas Cox, with the substantial historical texts contributed by Dr Anthony Hall, of Christs Church College Oxford, this work’s detailed account of each county of England blends descriptions of landscape, geography, antiquarianism, and history into a picture of how each county came to be the entity it was in 1724.
  • Printed and published by Elizabeth Nutt, a member of one of the grandee printing dynasties of 18th century London, this book’s concise and highly readable text gives a unique snapshot into the counties of Britain as they appeared in the 1720s. It also stands as one of the first coherent accounts of local history in Britain, and how that history, from the Britons to the Normans, relates to the places and people in which it occurred. Despite its popular appeal, however, disputes arose between Cox and Hall on the methodology of Cox’s editing, with Hall subsequently disowning part of the contributions he’d written.

 

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