The Historical Antiquities of Hertfordshire
CHAUNCY, Sir Henry
Sir Henry Chauncy (1632-1719) used public records and ancient manuscripts to compile his history of Hertfordshire. It took him and his paid team of researchers 14 years to create, after which another five years to print. A lawyer before turning historian, Chauncy was known to dine in the manor homes of the nobility, inspect their picture-galleries, note the improvements in their gardens, home farms and estates, and record them in his history. Arranged by hamlet or "vill", the finished work includes much genealogy, tomb inscriptions, illustrations of manor houses, churches and monuments, as well as facts about the founding of monasteries, churches and vicarages. A well-preserved tribute to both Hertfordshire's first great historian and the county.
- Publisher: Printed for Ben. Griffin et al
- Edition: First Edition. 500 copies printed
- Date Published: 1700
- Place Published: London
- ISBN: n/a
- Condition: Very Good
- Signed: No
- Dust Jacket: No
- Jacket Condition: n/a
601 p. + index. 37.5 cm. Portrait frontispiece, 33 folding illustrations, 2 maps, 6 single-page illustrations. Calf leather with gold and plain impressing. Spine has six raised bands, gold impressing, plain lettering. 4 plates missing: Thorking House; Honsdon House; Standon Lordship, Hertford Town. Spine and hinges repaired, corners reconditioned, boards reshaped, spine label added. Front end papers have ink and pencil notations, "Powell Snell" coat of arms, label residue, clippings pasted in, some dampness stains. Some pages darkened, especially folding illustrations and index. Some foxing throughout but mainly in last pages.