London: R. Knaplock, D. Midwinter, and J. Tonson, 1721.
The Second Edition, very much Corrected and Enlarged; with the Addition of above 500 new Lives from the Author's Original Manuscript. Two volumes. Folio. Printed in double columns, the columns numbered rather than the pages. (xiv, including subscribers list), 742 columns, 286 columns, (viii, index); (vi, title and introduction) 1186 columns, 238 columns, (viii, index). Title pages in red and black, some historiated initials and head- and tail-pieces. Bound in period paneled calf with cornerpieces in blind and rebacked with gilt spine titles. Some occasional worming, some browning and staining and other expected blemishes, including soiled endpapers, boards with rubbing and corner repairs, but still complete sound and attractive. Item #21408
The title continues: Representing The Birth, Fortune, Preferment, and Death of all those Authors and Prelates, the great Accidents of their Lives, and the Fate and Character of their Writings. To Which are added, The FASTI, or Annals, of the said University.
A monumental history of Oxford University."The immense merit of Wood is his nearness to the men whose writings he records; his information is largely based on personal knowledge. These books are not exactly bibliographies, but (like Nichol's Literary Ancedotes) they are among the foundations on which bibliography rests." Esdaile. The Sources of English Literature. Cambridge, 1929, 2nd impression corrected., p. 65.