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Don't Eat With Your Mouth Full

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Camden, "Nourice of Antiquitie" - and now, Time Sink
On top of my Billy bookcases, for they are too large sit on any of the shelves, lie the two folio volumes of Camden's Britannia. This copy dates from 1722, so it's not a first edition, and the county maps have long since been plundered, but it's handsomely bound and looks the part. Moreover, the 1722 editors, in bringing Camden up to date, have helpfully and carefully put brackets around all their own additions, meaning that I get to compare what Camden thought in 1610 with the latest scholarship some century and a bit later. It's fascinating, and today I had a legitimate reason to get it down for research purposes - yippee!

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