[Nichols, John; Richard Gough]. A Collection of all the Wills, Now Known to Be Extant, of the Kings and Queens of England, Princes and Princesses of Wales, and every Branch of the Blood Royal, from the Reign of William the Conqueror, to that of Henry the Seventh Exclusive: With Explanatory Notes and a Glossary. Originally published: London: J. Nichols, 1780. x, 434 pp. Reprinted 1999, 2012 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781886363878; ISBN-10: 1886363870. Hardcover. New. $36.95 * These wills of members of the English Royalty from William the Conqueror through Henry VII are in their original language and often have brief introductions, annotations and postscripts in English. With a Glossary and "Additional Observations and Corrections." "This series of miscellaneous and different wills presents us with many curious particulars. We learn from them more of the manners and private life of our illustrious ancestors, some new facts in their public history, and several new descents in their pedigrees. The prospect of death sets their lives in a new point of light." --Preface, v JOHN NICHOLS [1745-1826], a London printer and publisher, was editor of the Gentleman's Magazine from 1788 until his death. His notable works include The Original Works of William King (1776) and British Topography (1780, with Richard Gough). He was a fellow of London's Society of Antiquaries and an honorary member of similar societies in Edinburgh and Perth. RICHARD GOUGH [1735-1809] was an eminent antiquarian. A regular correspondent of the Gentleman's Magazine, he was the author of numerous works including Sepulchral Monuments of Great Britain (1786) and an edition of Camden's Britannia (1789). Like Nichols, he was a fellow of London's Society of Antiquaries. He bequeathed his important library to Oxford's Bodleian Library.
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