[FROISSART'S CHRONYCLES]. Here begynneth the Thirde and Fourthe Boke of Syr Iohan Froyssart of the cronycles of Englande, Fraunce, Spaygne, Portyugale, Scotlande, Bretayne, Flaunders and other places..translated out of Frenche in to englysshe by Johan Bo
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([London: R. Pynson, 1525]), RARE FIRST EDITION OF THE SECOND VOLUME OF FROISSART'S GREAT CHRONICLES, THE THIRD AND FOURTH BOOKS. Pynson's 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.". 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.