Sunday, January 22, 2006

Stonehenge by William Camden (1551-1623)


Littlestone said...

Possibly the first 'accurate' illustration we have of Stonehenge; it appears in the 1610 edition of Britain, or, A chorographicall description of the most flourishing kingdomes, England, Scotland, and Ireland, and the ilands adioyning, out of the depth of antiqvitie : beavtified with mappes of the severall shires of England / written first in Latine by William Camden ; translated newly into English by Philémon Holland. The Latin at the bottom of the illustration reads in English as -

A. Stones called Corsestones, Weighing 12 tunne, carrying in height 24. foote; in bredth, 7-foote; in compasse, 16.
B. Stones named, Cronetts, of 6. or 7. tunne weight.
C. A place, where mens bones are digged up.

Littlestone said...

Perhaps now superseded as the earliest drawing of Stonehenge by the one recently found in the Scala Mundi manuscript of 1440.

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