Itinerarium Septentrionale: or, a Journey thro’ most of the Counties of Scotland, and those in the North of England. In two parts. Part I. Containing an Account of all the Monuments of Roman Antiquity, found and collected in that Journey… Part II. An Account of the Danish Invasions of Scotland… The whole illustrated with sixty-six copper plates.

  • Gordon, Alexander
  • London: Printed for the Author 1726
  • ESTC T131828.


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FIRST EDITION, folio, pp. [viii], 188, [6] + folding map and 66 plates (several folding). Modern quarter calf, brown cloth boards, spine divided by raised bands, red morocco label, edges speckled red. A touch soiled, one opening stained, else a little spotting, one plate toned, another trimmed with loss of plate number. Spine a little sunned, boards a little dust-soiled. Ownership inscription of J.B. Locke dated 1869 to flyleaf, two inscriptions to title-page crossed out, maginal inscription to p. 162 partially-erased.


The antiquary Alexander Gordon (c.1692-1754?) was inspired to investigate the Roman antiquities of Scotland by dismissive remarks of William Stukeley's concerning Scots interest in antiquity, and enabled by the patronage of the eighth earl of Pembroke. Gordon's travels 'led to the compilation of a record of great contemporary importance and some lasting value', specifically this 'lasting memorial in which work he not only enshrined the antiquities of Roman Scotland and traced the route of Agricola's campaign but also ensured his own immortality in the fiction of Walter Scott' (ODNB), being read by the titular character in The Antiquary.

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