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    A Rare Early Edition of Hall's Chronicle of England - an Important Shakespearian Source Book

    [Edward Hall]. The Union of the Two Noble and Illustre Famelies of Lancastre & Yorke... London: Richard Grafton, 1550. Early edition (possibly the second) of this massive English history. Quarto. Approximately 10.25 x 7 inches. [viii], 50, [2, Table], 102, [3, Table], [1, blank], 61, [4, Table], [1, blank], 24], [1, Table], 35, [2, Table (continuation)], [1, blank], 61, [1, blank], [3, Table], [1, blank], 263, [3, Table] fols. Title-page, and the first twenty nine leaves, as well as fols. 13-24 in the chapter on King Henry the VII are supplied in facsimile. Contemporary half brown calf over marbled boards, later black gilt morocco lettering label. Rebacked, preserving most of the original spine, newer corners and endleaves, some toning, wear and soiling to original text leaves. Embossed previous owner's stamp on a new front blank. A fair copy.
    This Chronicle is an important Shakespearian source book, supplying information for much of Shakespeare's histories. Hall was a supporter of King Henry VIII (as evidence by the largest chapter in this book devoted to him), and this led to his work being banned by the Catholic queen, Mary. This is why so few of these early editions survive. STC 12723.


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