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This is an auction for BRIEF LIVES by John Aubrey.

This is a Folio Society hardback in new condition, in its original slip case.

From Wikipedia:

"John Aubrey (1626 – 1697) was an English antiquary, natural philosopher and writer. He is perhaps best known as the author of the Brief Lives, his collection of short biographical pieces. He published little in his lifetime, and many of his most important manuscripts (for the most part preserved in the Bodleian Library) remain unpublished... In 1680, Aubrey began work on his collection of biographical sketches, which he entitled "Schediasmata: Brief Lives". As private, manuscript texts, the "Lives" were able to contain the richly controversial material which is their chief interest today, and Aubrey's chief contribution to the formation of modern biographical writing. Aubrey valued the evidence of his own eyes above all, and took great pains to ensure that, where possible, he noted not only the final resting places of people, but also of their portraits and papers. Though his work has frequently been accused of inaccuracy, this charge is misguided. In most cases, Aubrey simply wrote what he had seen, or heard. When transcribing hearsay, he displays a careful approach to the ascription of sources..."

More on Wikipedia.

Some of the biographies in Brief Lives:

* Francis Bacon

* Samuel Butler

* Sir Edward Coke

* Rene Descartes

* Erasmus

* Edmund Halley

* William Harvey

* Thomas Hobbes

* Ben Jonson

* Andrew Marvell

* John Milton

* Sir Thomas More

* Sir Walter Raleigh

* William Shakespeare

* Edmund Spenser

* Sir Christopher Wren

Folio Society hardback 1975.

324 pages.

Near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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