A checklist of the books published in Bohn's Antiquarian Library
Henry G. Bohn began publishing the first of the Bohn's Library series in 1846; the Antiquarian
Library was launched in 1847. In Bohn's
Catalogue of Books of 1847 two titles were listed in the Antiquarian Library:
Bede's Ecclesiastical History
and William of Malmesbury's Chronicle. By 1848, listed in the front of a volume of
Memoirs of John Duke of Marlborough from Bohn's Standard Library
two additional titles - Mallet's Northern Antiquities and Six Old English Chronicles -
were listed, and seven other titles in press. It grew to become a very impressive list of primarily
medieval chronicles and early historical writings.
Bohn sold out to Bell & Daldy in 1864; they eventually became G. Bell & Sons. The successor maintained
the series imprint and added to it - Fowke's Bayeux Tapestry may have been added as late as 1913.
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of these books the texts are copyright-free.
[various]Chronicles of the Crusades, being contemporary narratives of
crusade of Richard Coeur de Lion, by Richard of Devizes and Geoffrey de Vinsauf; and the
crusade of Saint Louis, by Lord John de Joinville. 1848. 562pp.
[various]Early Travels in Palestine, comprising the narratives of
Arculf, Willibald, Bernard, Sæwulf, Sigurd, Benjamin of Tudela, Sir John Maundeville,
de la Broucquierre and Maundell.1848. xxxi, 517pp.Edited, with notes, by Thomas Wright.
[various]Gesta Romanorum : or, Entertaining moral stories ; invented by the monks as a fireside recreation, and commonly applied in their discourses from the pulpit : whence the most
celebrated of our own poets and others, from the earliest times, have extracted their plots 1877. lxxvi, 425 pp. Translated from the Latin, with preliminary observations and copious notes, by the Rev. Charles Swan ;
revised and corrected by Wynnard Hooper.
[various]Six old English chronicles, of which two are now first translated from the monkish Latin originals.
Ethelwerd's Chronicle. Asser's Life of Alfred.
Geoffrey of Monmouth's British history. Gildas. Nennius. and Richard of Cirencester.1848. xx, 512pp. Edited, with illustrative notes, by J.A. Giles
Bohn, Henry G.A hand-book of proverbs. Comprising an entire republication of Ray's collection of English proverbs, with his additions from foreign languages. And a complete alphabetical index; in which are introduced large
additions, as well of proverbs as of sayings, sentences, maxims, and phrases, collected by Henry G. Bohn.1855. xvi, 583pp.
Ellis, GeorgeSpecimens of early English metrical romances, to which is prefixed an historical introduction on the rise and progress of
romantic composition in France and England.viii, 600pp.A new edition, revised, by J. O. Halliwell
Florence of WorcesterThe chronicle of Florence of Worcester, with the two continuations; comprising annals of English history,
from the departure of the Romans to the reign of Edward I.1854. xiii, 512pp.
Giraldus CambrensisThe historical works of Giraldus Cambrensis. Containing the topography of Ireland, and the History of the
conquest of Ireland, translated by Thomas Forester. The itinerary through Wales, and the Description of Walesx, 534pp. Translated by Sir Richard Colt Hoare. Rev. and ed. with additional notes, by Thomas Wright.
Henry of HuntingdonThe chronicle of Henry of Huntingdon; comprising The history of England, from the invasion of Juluis
Cæsar to the accession of Henry II. Also, The acts of Stephen,
King of England and Duke of Normandy. 1853. xviii, 442pp.Translated and edited by Thomas Forester.
Mallet, Paul HenriNorthern antiquities; or, An historical account of the manners, customs, religion and laws, maritime expeditions and discoveries, language and literature
of the ancient Scandinavians ... with incidental notices respecting our Saxon ancestors.
1847. vi, 578pp.Translated from the French of M. Mallet by Bishop Percy. Revised by I. A. Blackwell.
Matthew of WestminsterThe flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. From the beginning of the world to the year 1307.
Collected by Matthew of Westminster. Translated by C. D. Yonge. 1853. 2 vols.
Pauli, ReinholdThe life of Alfred the Great / tr. from the German of Dr. Pauli. To which is appended Alfred's Anglo-Saxon version of Orosius,
with a literal English translation, and an Anglo-Saxon alphabet and glossaryix, 582pp. Translated by B. Thorpe.
Pettigrew, Thomas JosephChronicles of the tombs. A select collection of epitaphs, preceded by an essay on epitaphs and other
monumental inscriptions, with incidental observations on sepulchral antiquities.1857. v, 529pp.
Roger of HovedenThe annals of Roger de Hoveden. Comprising the history of England and of other countries of Europe from A.D. 732 to A.D. 1201.1853. 2 vols.Tr. from the Latin, with notes and illustrations, by Henry T. Riley
Roger of WendoverRoger of Wendover's Flowers of history, Comprising the history of England from the descent of the Saxons
to A.D. 1235; formerly ascribed to Matthew Paris1849. 2 vols. viii, 568pp. 614ppTr. from the Latin by J. A. Giles
William of MalmesburyWilliam of Malmesbury's Chronicle of the kings of England : from the earliest
period to the reign of King StephenWith notes and illus notes by J. A. Giles. xvi, 544pp. 1847.A translation of Gesta regum Anglorum, and Historia novella, based on the English version of Rev. J. Sharpe