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The Itinerary of England and Wales, by John Leland, Written chiefly about A.D. 1540-1545


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This is the well-known but imperfect and ill-arranged manuscript of the valuable Itinerary of Leland, bound in eight volumes but in no reasonable order: with some notes and papers by William Burton, who possessed at least vol. 8 in 1598.


  • Creation: Written chiefly about A.D. 1540-1545

Language of Materials

  • English

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MSS. Top. gen. e. 8-15

Custodial History

The contents are fully described in the Old Catalogue of 1697 as nos. 5107-5112*, 6615*, but the 8th volume did not actually reach the Library till presented anew by Charles King, M.A., in or soon after 1677, and vols. 4, 6, and 7 came by Burton's gift rather later than the rest (1642-3, etc.).

Related Materials

There are printed editions by Hearne (1710, 1745, 1768) and Miss L. Toulmin Smith (1906-10). For transcripts in the Bodleian see nos. 10293-7 (Stow), MS. Gough Gen. Top. 2, MS. Bodl. 470 (both Burton), MS. Gough Gen. Top. 1, MS. Top. Gen. c. 5 (Willis), cf. nos. MS. Bodl. 353, MS. Eng. hist. c. 9, and Miss Toulmin Smith's valuable Introduction.

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