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An eBay auction was conducted on 9 Nov 2016. The book up for bid included a bookplate of interest. The auction was lost but not before a photo was taken. The book's description on the seller's page: 1716. “REGIAE SOCIETATIS UTRIUSQUE SOCII GETA BRITANNICUS. ACCEDIT DOMUS SEVERIANAE SYNOPSIS CHRONOLOGICA, ET DE ICUNCULA QUONDAM M. REGIS ÆLFREDI DISSERTATIO”. Nulla Fides Regni Sociis, Omnisque Potestas Impatiens Confortis erit. Lucan ex Ennio. Mihi Quidam nulli. Eruicientur, quibu nostraignota funt. Cicero. By Guilhelmi Musgrave. Published: Iscae Dunmoniorum : Typis Philippi Bishop, sumtibus Phil. Yeo ; veneunt etiam Londini, & in utraque Academia, MDCCXVI [1716]. First edition

Octavo size (8” by 5”), in, possibly, the original contemporary full leather binding, rear hinge about to go, front hinge sound, lovely tooled leather boards. 5 raised bands to spine, title-lettering gone, bright and clean inside with bookplate of George Hungerford, paginated [xix], xiii, [4], 52, [xxi], 138, iv, 18, [xv] pp plus 5 rare engraved plates – 3 of which are foldouts.

Conents include Alfred, king of England 849-899AD, Antoninus Geta; Severus, Lucius Septimius, Emperor of Rome, 146-211AD, etc, also a chapter on ICUNCULA [small images or idols].

Guilhelmi [William] Musgrave (1655–1721) was a British physician and antiquary. He was educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford, where he was a fellow from 1677 to 1692. In 1680 he spent a brief period at the University of Leiden. He was elected to the Royal Society in 1684, fand edited the Philosophical Transactions nos. 167 to 178. He later settled in Exeter, where he practised until his death. His writings on medical matters included lacteals, palsy, and respiration. His important medical works concerned arthritis and its effects. His publication De Athritide Symptomatica (1715) included the first scientific description of ‘Devonshire colic’ (later referred to by John Huxham and George Baker). His other writings included “Antiquitates Britanno-Belgicae” a study of Roman Hampshire, Wiltshire and Somerset - areas previously inhabited by the Belgae. George I presented Musgrave with a diamond ring for this work.

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