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    "[History] Hath Triumphed Over Time,
    Which Beside It Nothing But Eternity
    Hath Triumphed Over..."

    [Sir Walter Raleigh]. The History of the World. London: Printed [by William Stansby] for Walter Burre, 1614. First edition. Folio in sixes. [84], 651, [3], 776, [64] pages. Pagination errors. Engraved title page by Elstrack. Eight double-page engraved maps. In-text woodcut genealogical tables. Decorative head- and tail-pieces; and large decorated initials.

    Armorial bookplate of "The Right Hon.ble Hugh d Clifford/Barron of Chudleigh in ye County of Devon/ Semper Paratus", Old East India House bookplate of "Boises Penrose", library ink stamp, and two small newspaper clippings on front pastedown.

    Full mottled paneled calf with gilt rules on boards, five raised spine bands with gilt lettered leather title label and gilt decorations in compartments. Binding rubbed, scuffed, and lightly crazed. Spine with vertical creases and minor cracks, title label chipped. Front hinge repaired. Text block lightly cockled. First two leaves with Ben Johnson's poem "The Minde of the Front" and the engraved title page have minor paper repairs in the inner margins, reinserted. Ink annotations (few on the map between pages 320 and 321), more numerous in the "fift Booke." Six leaves, comprising signature Eeee, each with a restored round hole approximately 1 x 2 inches in the inner margin, some with loss to text. Occasional small scattered burn holes in margins and text with minimal affect. Pages with edge wear and corner bends, few small tears and corners with minor paper loss. Some leaves with light dampstaining in outer margins. Occasional minor staining, smudging or soiling.

    Maps with edge and fold wear, creases, and small edge tears. Two maps trimmed close to the borders. Three with minor paper restoration and/or repairs along margins, one with minimal loss to border text. A very good copy of Raleigh's massive work.


    More Information:

    From an undated clipping on front pastedown:

    "Anecdote of Prior.- The following passage is copied from 'An Historical Guide to the Town of Wimborne Minster, Dorsetshire.' - 'There is a fine copy of Sir Walter Raleigh's History of the World  in this old library, and local tradition attaches an interesting anecdote to this book. It is said that the poet Prior used to read here often; and once when poring over the book in question on a winter evening, he fell asleep, and the candle, falling from the tin sconce of the desk upon the middle of the open book, burned slowly a round hole through it, may be a hundred pages, rather more than less. The smoke of the smouldering paper aroused the weary student. A hand would have been sufficient to cover the damage and put out the fire; and probably in this way it was extinguished. We may imagine, however, the dismay at the mischief done to a book costly even now, but then of a much higher monetary value. The pains taken to remedy the defects marks the value in which the book was held. Pieces of writing papaer, about the size of a half-a-crown, are very neatly pasted into the holes, and the words needed to supply the sense are transcribed from the memory, and it is said, in the handwriting of Pior.'"



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