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MEXIA, Pedro / W. Traheron.

Published by London Printed by Felix Kingston for Matthew Lownes (1604)

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Item Description: London Printed by Felix Kingston for Matthew Lownes, 1604. Folio, 10¾"x7¼" (27.5x19cm). First English edition. "Beginning with Caius Iulius Cæsar, and successively ending with Rodulph the second now raigning. Wherein (in summe) are contained their lives and acts, together with the rising, greatnes, and declining of the Romane Empire: the original and successe of al the most famous nations of the world: the erecting and alterations of sundrie estates and kingdoms: and generally the most part of all the memorable warres and battailes that have bin in the world since that time." Engraved title-page; pp(10)890(2) with one-or-two minor mispaginations; blank final leaf, missing blank preliminary leaf. With dedication, preface, and table of emperors' names; headpieces, decorated initial capitals, and medallion portraits against decorative backgrounds of all emperors. 18th century full calf binding (spine with five raised bands, gilt decorations, and gilt-titled leather label) worn and in very poor condition: front board soiled and detached, rear board almost detached; spine chipped with noticeable loss, and split from head to foot - corresponding to 'strained' gutter between pages 408 & 409. Missing front flyleaf. Front pastedown with tan stain of width up to 8.5cm extending along most of inner edge; associated patches of lighter tan stains on title-page over area about 6.5x5.5cm and to much lesser extent on following two leaves; faint tan stain along inner edge of title-page and in inner margins of contents with diminishing extent until disappearance by page 63. Rear pastedown with tan stain of area about 9.5x6.5cm at lower outer corner, affecting flyleaf, blank final leaf, and with diminishing effect and extent contents back to page 870; another tan stain of area about 4x2.5cm in upper part of page 890, decreasing in effect back to page 887. Variable and intermittent light dampstaining at upper inner corners, and at a few upper edges; light dampstaining at lower inner corners between pages 816 & 871, and occasionally to lesser extent at lower inner corners elsewheres; in all cases, effect on print minimal. Leaf Mm(5) (pages 405/406) with 10cm-long closed tear from lower edge, no loss. Two small holes with tan rims on Zzz4 (pages 811/812), affecting decorated initial capital and single words on two adjacent lines of text on page 811, and single words on six lines of text (two lots of three) on page 812; associated minor tan traces on pages 810 & 813. Cccc(5) (pages 849/850) with tan-rimmed hole, affecting just a single word on each page. Tiny 'stab' hole with indentation in upper margins from page 890 back to page 855, indentation remaining back to page 830. Upper corners of two consecutive leaves - pages 833-836 - oversized and with single sharp creases. Very minor worm damage: title-page with narrow trail 5mm long just above lower margin, developing into two separate holes in lower margins by page 11, single hole by page 45, and disappearing by page 85; just a 'touch' of worm at one spot of fore-edge at page 837, developing into a single hole just within fore-edge by page 867 and persisting until page 890; another 'touch' only affecting fore-edges from page 875 to page 890. Contents a little cropped at time of later binding, with slight loss to decoration at upper edge of title-page, but with ample margins and no loss of print elsewheres. Edges of text-block red-speckled, top edge a little darkened. Binding kaput; contents generally clean, fresh, tight, and very good. Bookseller Inventory # 15750

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Mexia, Pedro

Published by London, printed for Matthew Lownes 1604 (1604)

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From: Rönnells Antikvariat AB (Stockholm, Sweden)

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Item Description: London, printed for Matthew Lownes 1604, 1604. First English edition. Folio, (10), 890 pp. With many engraved decorative vignettes. Contemporary full panelled calf. Spine and covers worn and partly damaged, joints weak. One leaf repaired in lower margin, a few stains but overall very good inside. A preliminary leaf (half-title?, blank?) seems to be missing. Mexia (1497-1551) was a Spanish humanist and historian. He was in 1548 appointed official chronicler of the court of emperor Charles V. Bookseller Inventory # 164748

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Traheron, W.; Mexia, Pedro; Dulce, Lodovico; Bardi, Girolamo

Published by Matthew Lownes (1604)

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Item Description: Matthew Lownes, 1604. Book Condition: Good. Traheron, W. The Historie of All the Romane Emperors, Beginning With Caius Julius Caesar, and Successively Ending with Rodulfph the Second now Raigning. Mexia, Pedro; Dulce, Lodovico; Bardi, Girolamo. London: Matthew Lownes, 1604. 890pp. Illustrated. 4to. Book condition: Good with rubbed and bumped edges, particularly at the corners where the boards are showing through. The backstrip has been professionally replaced with the original leather on the boards, which shows some dark patches. Both pastedowns have begun to pull up from the boards not affecting hinges. The front pastedown has 6 six inch long cuts made into it, a seventh appears to have been used as a starting point to pull up one inch of the gutter edge of the pastedown resulting in a detached free endsheet. However due to the nature of book binding of the period where chords were used to attach the binding to the textblock, the textblock is still firmly attached to the cover and the textblock is still tightly sewn. There are small vellum strips used to strengthen both hinges. There are contemporary owner's handwritten notes on both endsheets. Other than some small holes from bug consumption to the fore matter some sporadic light staining through out the book the pages are very clean. Bookseller Inventory # RTRAHIS00CCW

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Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Illustrated with over 100 woodcut medallion portraits of emperors within white-on-black strapwork borders throughout. Title within woodcut architectural border; plus decorative woodcut headpieces and numerous woodcut decorative initials of various sizes. Folio. Bound in fine contemporary (early 17th century) full calf; boards paneled in gilt with intricate arabesque strapwork center-pieces within outer gilt-ruled borders with floral corner-pieces. Rebacked in early 20th century; spine with five raised bands, gilt-ruled and with gilt-lettered red morocco title label. London: Printed (by Felix Kingston) for Matthew Lownes, 1604. First Edition of the first English translation of Pedro Mexías Historia Imperial y Cesárea, published in Spanish in Seville, 1545, and subsequently enlarged (in Italian) by Lodovico Dolce and Girolamo Bardi. Translated by William Traheron. In the English edition, the chronicle is further extended to Emperor Rudolph II. This monumental work contains accounts of the life and reign of 125 Roman emperors, starting with Julius Caesar and including Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Nero, Claudius, and Constantine the Great, as well as such rulers of the medieval Holy Roman Empire as Charlemagne, Otto I the Great, Frederick I Barbarossa, Frederick II, etc. The work contains references to Hernan Cortes and the West Indies (in the Chapter on Charles V, p.851). It is also believed that this edition was almost certainly used by Shakespeare in his tragedy of Julius Caesar and probably in others of his historical plays. Binding rubbed, with some wear to edges; corners bumped; minor worming to bottom-left corner of front board. Title-page with minor adhesion to top outer corner, very slightly affecting the border. Occasional light soiling and damp-staining; some small marginal wormholes; bookplates; without front and rear blanks, otherwise complete. A very nice copy with wide margins. Scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 6110

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