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GREAT DOMESDAY BOOK.. Great Domesday Book. Penny Edition.1986

London: Alecto Historical Editions, 6 volumes + introductory volume and prospectus, folio (400 x 280 mm), number 213 of 250 sets. comprising: I. The two-volume facsimile of Great Domesday, quarter-bound in white leather between oaken covers after the manner of the new binding of the manuscript by the Public Record Office, housed within slip-cases. Two coins are set inside wooden cover of volume I, together they encapsulate the 900-year span between the writing of Domesday Book and the production of this facsimile edition. II. A two-volume complete and authoritative modern English translation, typeset so that the text follows the original hand-written script line-for-line, these volumes are superbly hard bound in quarter morocco, buckram boards. III. A people and places index volume, bound to match the translation. IV. A matching box containing a complete set of modern Ordnance Survey maps (33 counties on 28 large folding sheets) with overlaid Domesday sites and the indexes. These are contained within two uniform solander boxes, quarter morocco. The Domesday is one of the most important historical documents of the first millennium. William the Conqueror's great survey has been used as a working document ever since its commission at Christmas 1085, and remained pre-eminent as a census of England until the 19th Century. In 1984 the Public Record Office took the historic decision to unbind the original Domesday manuscripts for restoration and invited Alecto Historical Editions to undertake the publication of a facsimile. This is the first colour facsimile of the Great Domesday and was printed in a strictly limited number of sets. This set is also accompanied by the Introductory volume and prospectus.

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