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A mirour for magistrates: being a true chronicle historie of the vntimely falles of such vnfortunate princes and men of note, as haue happened since the first entrance of Brute into this iland, vntill this our latter age. Newly enlarged with a last part, called A winter nights vision, being an addition of such tragedies, especially famous, as are exempted in the former historie, with a poem annexed, called Englands Eliza.

MIRROUR FOR MAGISTRATES. Baldwin, William (d. ca. 1563), Ferrers, George (c. 1510-1579), Skelton, John (ca. 1460-1529), Sackville, Thomas (ca. 1536-1608), et al.

Published by Imprinted by Felix Kyngston,, London:, 1610
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Quarto: Collation: A8, B2, C-Z8, Aa-Nn8, Oo8, Pp-Zz8, Aaa-Ddd8, Eee8, Fff-Kkk8, Lll6. Lacking the cancel Oo4, as often (The cancelland, with a dedication to Prince Henry, was removed upon the prince's death. It was removed and was to be replaced by a cancel bearing a dedication to the Earl of Nottingham but "evidently the substation was delayed for most copies occur without any dedication."-Pforzheimer.) Of Enormous Importance to Tudor Poetry & DramaThe Only Complete Edition This edition collects all three earlier parts of ?Mirrour for Magistrates? and adds ?A Winter Nights Vision? and ?Englands Eliza,? written by Richard Niccols. ?Shakespeare was familiar with it and used the story of Queen Cordelia for some points in 'King Lear.' This collection also contains the story of Locrine, which was used in the anonymous play of that name wrongly attributed to Shakespeare in the Third Folio."(Bartlett 277).The first attempt to print the ?Mirrour for Magistrates? was undertaken by John Wayland, who intended to print the text as a second volume to his edition of Lydgate?s reworking of Boccaccio?s ?Fall of Princes?(1554). The ?Mirrour? was, in fact, conceived of as a continuation of Lydgate?s ?Fall? and begins were Lydgate left off. The printing was halted for political reasons and only the title page for that intended edition was printed. The contents of all subsequent editions varied due to the influence of the nobility, editorial choices, and issues involving licenses, so that no edition is the same. The first part of the ?Mirrour? to appear in print was in fact what was to become known as the ?Third Part.? Consisting of 19 lives, covering primarily the War of the Roses, it was printed by Thomas Marshe in 1559 and exists in only 9 copies. Marshe next printed an expanded edition, with 8 additional lives, in 1563. Subsequently, other parts were written and printed, resulting in titles announcing ?The First Part? (written by John Higgins), the ?Second Part? (by Thomas Blenerhasset), and ?The Last Part? (i.e. the ?Third Part?) by William Baldwin, George Ferrers, and others. The first collected edition, which united the previously published ?First Part? and ?Last Part? (but omitted the ?Second Part?) with new material, appeared in 1587.The only complete edition of the ?Mirrour for Magistrates? (the one offered here) was printed by Felix Kyngston in 1610. The copyright to the previously published parts descended to Kyngston through his mother, Joan Orwin, from Thomas Marshe. The whole was edited by Richard Niccols (1584-1616), who wrote ?A Winter Nights Vision? and ?Englands Eliza? Ha also re-wrote the life of Richard III, and wrote several additional lives including that of King Arthur. According to Pforzheimer, this edition includes ?in addition to the new material- all of the material from the 1587 edition mentioned previously as well as ?The Second Part?, which had been omitted from that edition.The authors:William Baldwin and George Ferrers are credited with writing 19 of the lives that made up the first edition of 1559. Other contributors of note include Thomas Phaer (translator of Vergil?s ?Aeneid?), Thomas Chaloner, Thomas Churchyard, John Skelton, Thomas Heywood, and Thomas Sackville. The ?Mirrour? was enormously influential in the development of English philosophy and the conception of tragedy among the Elizabethan poets. Its influence on Shakespeare has already been noted. The poems of William Warner, Michael Drayton, and Richard Daniel also reflected its strong appeal. The tragic demises of famous men and women from English history were intended to cause those in power to ?reflect? on their own character and actions. Some of the most memorable parts include the fortunes of Edward IV?s notoriously wanton mistress Jane Shore (1445-1527), and Sackville?s celebrated poems ?Complaint of Henry Duke of Buckingham? and ?Induction?, which relates the poet?s journey to the underworld. Drayton?s ?Cromwell? was not only influenced by the ?. Bookseller Inventory # 3148D

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Publication Date: 1610

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