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FROISSART, Jean

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About this Item: (SHAKESPEARE HEAD PRESS) FROISSART, Jean. FROISSART'S CRONYCLES. Eight volumes. (Oxford): Shakespeare Head Press, 1927. 8vo. Publisher's cloth spines, paper covered boards. Limited edition, number 228 of 350 copies. Fine private print press edition of a work whose first printed English editio came out in 1523. One of 350 sets printed by Bernard Newdigate on untrimmed Batchelor handmade paper. One of the three major works issued at Shakespeare Head Press, which "became the most mature and sophisticated of the private presses, producing some works in the grand manner which are a great pleasure read and examine now." Colin Franklin goes on to say (The Private Presses, pages 147-149) "Newdigate must stand as the best user of Caslon in the histor of book design, of pure typography as adequate in itself." Froissart's chronicles, 1322-1400, describes the condition leading to the Hundred Years W and the first fifty years of that war, and the age of chivalry. With the printed publisher's notes. Decorated with 600 hand colored coats-of-arms of English, Scottish, and Irish princes and knights drawn by Paul Woodroffe. Te includes lengthy indices of persons and places, Holland-backed blue paper boards, paper spine labels. A fine beauitful set. Seller Inventory # 39246

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Froissart, Jean.

Published by Shakespeare Head Press, (Oxford, 1927) (1927)

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About this Item: Shakespeare Head Press, (Oxford, 1927), 1927. 8 volumes. 7 x 9 1/2. 1486 pages. Decorated with 6 hand colored maps, heraldic headpieces & tail pieces, and over 600 hand colored coats-of-arms of English, Scottish, and Irish princes and knights drawn by Paul Woodroffe. Text includes lengthy indices of persons and places, Holland-backed blue paper boards, paper spine labels (extra labels tipped-in at rear). A little wear to labels. A fine, beautiful set. One of 350 sets printed by Bernard Newdigate on untrimmed Batchelor handmade paper. One of the three major works issued at Shakespeare Head Press, which "became the most mature and sophisticated of the [between war] private presses, producing some works in the grand manner which are a great pleasure to read and examine now." Colin Franklin goes on to say (The Private Presses pp. 147-149) "Newdigate must stand as the best user of Caslon in the history of book design, of pure typography as adequate in itself." Froissart's chronicles, 1322-1400, describes the conditions leading to the Hundred Years War, and the first 50 years of that war, and the age of chivalryy. With the printed publisher's note. This translation, first printed by Pynson in 1523. Seller Inventory # 15271

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About this Item: [London R. Pynson 1525], 1525. RARE, the first edition of the second volume of Froissart's Chroniycles. Printed in black letter, double column, title within Holbein's woodcut Lars Porsena border, full-page royal arms on verso, woodcut initials Folio (315 by 215mm), in antique, near contemporary calf-covered boards, at some time long ago re-backed in dark brown calf. The spine with blind ruled flat bands and gilt lettering in one compartment and again at the tail. Provenance of: Thomas Carnhath? (contemporary signature on title); Thomas Archer, possibly James I's chaplain (1554-1630?, signature and price, 25s 8d, on title); Bedford Library (17th-century inscription and pressmark); Thomas Edward Watson (bookplate) a-a8, A-U6, AA-UU6, AAA-EEE2. A handsome copy of this very scarce work. lacks CC1 and CC2 and all after CClx, the first 14 leaves from another copy, lower corners (approx. 1" x 1") of the first half with an old stain, probably from damp and with some occasional wear to these lower corners. RARE FIRST EDITION OF THE SECOND VOLUME OF FROISSART'S GREAT CHRONICLES, THE THIRD AND FOURTH BOOKS. Pynsonís edition is a major monument of English printing in the sixteenth century. "Froissart might be called the great interviewer of the Middle Ages. The newspaper correspondent of modern times has scarcely surpassed this medieval collector of intelligence. He travelled extensively in the various countries of Europe; he conversed with gentlemen of rank everywhere; and he had the remarkable knack of persuading those about him to divulge all he wanted to know. He learned the details of battles from both sides and from every point of view. He delighted in the minutest affairs of every cavalry skirmish, of the capture of every castle, and of every brave action and gallant deed. He lived from 1337 to about 1410, and wrote chiefly of contemporaneous events. The 'Chronicles' are universally considered as the most vivid and faithful picture we have of events in the fourteenth century.As a picture of the most favorable side of chivalry, the work has no equal" (Adams, Manual of Historical Literature, pp. 334-5). "Like Froissart, Bourchier moved about amongst the noblesse; Henry VIII made him his Chancellor of the Exchequer for life and three years previous to the publication of the first volume above, he was present with that monarch at the Field of the Cloth of Gold.". Seller Inventory # 27279

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