Domesday Book – Library Edition
Library Edition of Great and Little Domesday
The Library Edition is the facsimile of the complete Domesday survey of William the Conqueror’s kingdom. Only 300 copies were made available worldwide. The hard-wearing set of cases and books, published by Alecto, for Alecto Historical Editions, and 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.