The industrial arts of the Anglo-Saxons. Translated by T.B.Harbottle.
London, Swan Sonnenschein & Co 1893.
Large 4to. x + (2) + 135 + (1)pp, 17 litho plates each with facing leaf of text. Publisher’s decorative cloth, gilt, chipped at head of spine. From the Birmingham Assay Office Library (from which this copy has recently been de-accessioned), with their small oval ownership stamp at foot of half title leaf, and pencil shelf-mark, but no other library markings.
One of a series of publications by the French scholar Baron Joseph de Baye (1853-1931) on the artefacts of European civilisations during the centuries involving and following the fall of the Western Roman empire. It offers clearly drawn images of the principal types of object discovered in excavations of archaeological sites of the pagan Anglo-Saxon period in Britain, and the author’s text benefits from his knowledge of the literature on similar objects found in the neighbouring parts of the European continent. The volume’s translator, Thomas Benfield Harbottle, was a well-known member of the English theosophical movement centering round Helena Blavatsky.