Excerpt from The Victoria History of the Counties of English: Bedfordshire
Rich as every county of England is in materials for local history, there has hitherto been no attempt made to bring all these materials together into a coherent form.
Although from the sevente... enth century down to quite recent times numerous county histories have been issued, they are very unequal in merit; the best of them are very rare and costly; most of them are imperfect and all are now out of date. Moreover they were the work of one or two isolated scholars, who, however able, could not possibly deal adequately with all the varied subjects which go to the making of a county history.
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