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    Early English Edition of Johannes Sleidanus

    [Johannes Sleidanus]. A Famouse Cronicle of Oure Time, Called Sleidanes Commentaries, Concerning the State of Religion and Common Wealth, During the Raigne of the Emperour Charles the Fift, With the Argumentes Set Before Euery Booke, Conteyninge the Summe or Effecte of the Booke Following. [London: Jhon Daye for Abraham Veale and Nicholas England, 1560].

    Early English-language edition (originally published in Germany in 1555). Thick quarto. "Translated out of Latin into Englishe by Ihon Daus."

    Contemporary calf over wooden boards decoratively panelled in blind. Spine with four raised bands and leather gilt. Clasp latches on rear board. Expertly rebacked to period style, with most of the original spine laid down. General wear, rubbing, and cracking to leather. Tiny wormholes to back board. Small stain to fore-edge. Dampstaining to the bottom edge of a few pages. Heavily foxed. Bookplate of Viscount Mersey; also, inked name of Edw. Owen, dated 1842. Considering the age of the item, the book is in generally very good condition, with the binding still tight and sound. Housed in a custom clamshell box.

    Johannes Sleidanus (1506-1556), a scholar and the official historiographer of the Lutheran party, is considered the preeminent historian of the Reformation. This book - his masterwork - remains the most important contemporary history of the period.


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