Antique 3 Vol. Book Set, “The History of the Anglo-Saxons” by Sharon Turner, 1828, Special Edition
Antique 3 Vol. Leather Book Set Entitled “The History of the Anglo-Saxons” by Renowned English Historian Sharon Turner (1768 – 1847) | 1828, Special Edition
Antique 3 Vol. Leather Book Set Entitled “The History of the Anglo-Saxons” by Renowned English Historian Sharon Turner (1768 – 1847) | 1828, Special Edition, published in London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, Paternoster-Row. 1828 | Includes a large fold-out map entitled “Map of the Territory Inhabited by the Ancient Saxon North of the Elbe” | Approx. Size: 10″ H x 7.5″ W.
Full Title: The History of the Anglo-Saxons from The Earliest Period to the Norman Conquest
Publication date: 1828
Publisher: London: Printed by A. & R. Spottiswoode, New-Street-Square for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, Paternoster-Row. 1828
Preface: Dated October 1, 1827
Edition: Special 5th Edition in 3 Volumes
Binding: Very fine craftsmanship – Full Original Olive Calf Morocco Leather Binding | Spine is olive with has 5 large raised bands and gold gilt lettering on separate the Book Title (Red) & Volume (Green) Panels | Front cover has a very fine armorial design for the Howell’s School, the name “Howell’s School, Llandaff” and the date 1871 | Fine Marbled Book Boards and page edges.
Importance of Book: Turner’s History of the Anglo-Saxons was a significant advancement in historical research. Britain at the time of original publication was involved in wars against France and the idea of the Norman yoke (Anglo-Saxon liberty versus Norman despotism) had been around since the seventeenth century. Turner demonstrated Anglo-Saxon liberty “in the shape of a good constitution, temperate kingship, the witenagemot, and general principles of freedom”. Turner researched extensively the collections in the British Museum and the manuscripts of Sir Robert Cotton. In doing so he obtained a working knowledge of Anglo-Saxon.
The History had a profound impact on historiography for the succeeding fifty years. Robert Southey said that “so much new information was probably never laid before the public in any one historical publication”.
Sir Walter Scott acknowledged his debt to Turner for his historical work in his Dedicatory Epistle to his novel Ivanhoe. In 1981 J. W. Burrow said Turner produced “the first modern full-length history of Saxon England … It was a genuinely pioneering work, and was much admired, and not without reason”.
About the Howell’s School: Howell’s School (Welsh: Ysgol Howell Llandaf) is an independent school for girls in Llandaff, a district in northern Cardiff, Wales. It consists of a nursery, junior, senior school and a sixth form. The sixth form became coeducational in September 2005 and was renamed Howell’s College.
In 1537, Thomas Howell, a Welsh merchant trading in Bristol, London and Seville, bequeathed 12,000 gold ducats to the Drapers’ Company to provide dowries “every yere for Maydens for ever.” His “Merchant’s Mark” is still used as a logo for the school. The school’s magazine is called the Golden Ducat in reference to the bequest.
After founding a girls’ school of the same name in the town of Denbigh, the Company started building the Llandaff school in 1859 and opened to girls the following year. In 1899 it was expanded to accommodate boarders but the boarding programme has been discontinued. The school still retains its links as the Company has a representative in the school board. It was originally housed in a building designed by Decimus Burton, on the outskirts of the village of Llandaff. The school admitted its first pupils, with Miss Baldwin as the first Headmistress. Today it occupies a large site north of Cardiff city centre.