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The Domesday Book - Library Edition...

Click here to receive an illustrated brochure and full details about how to acquire a copy of The Domesday Book Library Edition.

The Library Edition is the facsimile of the complete Domesday survey of William the Conqueror’s kingdom. Only 300 copies were made available worldwide and few remain. The hard-wearing set of cases and books, bound in Irish Linen, is designed for frequent reference in libraries both public and private.

The material is exceptional and has been described as ‘the finest facsimile of an historic document ever printed’ (United Press International). Every stroke of each scribe’s pen is as clear (or indeed unclear) in today’s edition as they are in the original manuscript. A special acid-free paper named ‘Domesday Parchment’ was commissioned to replicate the weight and character of the original parchment folios. All this to achieve a standard of quality and replication of the finest order for historians, codicologists, palaeographers and other academics with an interest in this most comprehensive of all censuses.

An expert editorial board managed the policy governing the translations, maps and indexes. This included Professor Sir James Holt representing mediaeval studies in general; The present Keeper, Sarah Tyacke and Dr Elizabeth Hallam-Smith, representing the Public Records Office; Dr Ann Williams is the Editor-in-Chief and Professor G. H. Martin is the General Editor.

The board spent considerable time and energy to ensure readers are fully supported and to encourage further research of Domesday, such that this edition will remain the definitive, standard reference to the manuscript for years to come.

The Library Edition of Great Domesday covers the 31 Counties of England excluding Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex and comprises the following elements:

Facsimile: 2 cases containing the folios sewn into quires in the same way that the manuscript was originally put together in the 11th Century.

Translations: 2 cases containing the translation, also in county booklets, with page-for-page, column-for-column match to the original text

Indexes: 1 case of county booklets with indexes of place names, persons and ecclesiastical bodies and also an index of the modern names of places.

Maps: I case with 28 maps covering the 31 counties, based on 1:100,000 Ordnance Survey maps

The Library Edition of Little Domesday – the original circuit return for Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, that was never entered in Great Domesday but kept as a companion volume to complete the coverage of the survey. Because it was never condensed by the main scribe, this text is even more detailed than the edited returns for Great Domesday and is of unparalleled interest and value.

Facsimile: 3 cases, split by County, with the folios gathered into the original quires

Translations: 3 books with line-by-line translations to match the facsimile.

Indexes: Bound in the translation volume, including county indexes of place names, persons and ecclesiastical bodies

Introductions: Also included in the translation volume with a bibliography and glossary

Maps: 3 county maps included in the case with the facsimile, based on 1:100,000 Ordnance Survey maps

There is a combined price for Libraries wishing to purchase both Great and Little Domesday Books.

Click here to receive an illustrated brochure and full details about how to acquire a copy of The Domesday Book Library Edition.

The Domesday Book Library Edition

The Domesday Book Library Edition

The Domesday Book Library Edition

The Domesday Book Library Edition

The Domesday Book Library Edition