VISION OF PIERCE PLOWMAN, Nowe the Seconde Time Imprinted by Roberte Crowley Dwellynge in Elye rentes in Holburne. Whereunto are Added Certayne Notes and Cotations in the Mergyne, Geuynge Light to the Reader. And in the Begynning is Set a Briefe Summe of All the Principall Matters Spoken of in the Boke. And as the Boke is Deuided into Twenty Partes called Passus: so is the Summary Diuided, for Euery Parte hys Summarie, Rehearsynge the Matters Spoken of in Ruerye Parte, Euen in Suche Order as They Stande There

[Langland William, attributed. Piers the Plowman]

Published by London By Roberte Crowley, dwellyng in Elye rentes in Holburne 1550
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Scarce, only the second edition, issue with "Seconde Time" on title-page. The other has "Second Tyme" and presents a rather more corrupt text. The first published earlier the same year (with the date misprinted "1505"). With a number of woodcut initials throughout, printer's device on titlepage and colophon. Small 4to, in early 19th century embossed calf by Hering, covers ruled in gilt, with ornamental borders in blind and large central strapwork. panels stained a darker shade, spine gilt, black morocco label, a.e.g. Later book label Of Viscount Mersey of Bignor Perk on front pastedown. (8)117 leaves (foliated). A very good, handsome and proper copy, wanting a final blank; blank inner margin of the title-page neatly restored, some slight soiling occasional. The binding with expert and unobtrusive restoration of the spine retaining most of the original leather. Tipped in at the front is Hering's receipt for the binding (1lune 2, 1819), which cost 12 shillings. SCARCE EDITION IN VERY HANDSOME EMBOSSED ANTIQUE CALF of The great English visionary poem of the 14th century. Piers Ploughman survives in two quite different version, designated by Skeat as the A and B texts; the former is known only from manuscripts, not having been printed at an early date. Little is known of Langland beyond what the printer reveals In his preface: "I have learned that the authour was named Roberte [sic) Langelande, a Shropshere man borne in Cleybitle, about viii myles from Malveme hilles." Crowley dated the poem to between 1350 and 1409 but modem scholars have narrowed the gap to 1367-70. Very little is known for sure about the life of William Langland (c. 1362-1399]--indeed, there is discussion about whether "he" was a single poet--but his poem (or group of poems) entitled "The Vision of William Concerning Piers the Plowman" was very popular in the latter half of the fourteenth century, and remained popular throughout the fifteenth century. The leaders of the reformation in the sixteenth century considered it an inspiration and a prophecy, and in modern times it has been quoted by every historian of the fourteenth century as "the most vivid and trustworthy source for the social and economic history of the time.". Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: VISION OF PIERCE PLOWMAN, Nowe the Seconde ...
Publisher: London By Roberte Crowley, dwellyng in Elye rentes in Holburne 1550

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