Extra-Illustrated with Seventy-Two Color Plates[Sir John Froissart]. Thomas Johnes, translator. Chronicles of England, France, Spain, and the Adjoining Countries, from the Latter Part of the Reign of Edward II to the Coronation of Henry IV. Translated from the French Editions, with Variations and Additions from Many Celebrated MSS. By Thomas Johnes, Esq., to Which are Prefixed a Life of the Author, an Essay on his Works, and a Criticism on His History. London: William Smith, 1839 and 1844.
First edition thus. Large octavo. The original two volumes have been expanded to four with many wood cuts and the extra-illustration of seventy-two tissue-guarded color lithographic plates by Henry Noel Humphreys after the illuminated MS Froissart in the Bibliothèque Royale, Paris, and other sources. Two additional calligraphic title pages in color bound in.
Sumptuous full French crushed levant morocco by Putnam with gilt spine titles, gilt ruled borders, fleurs-de-lis at the corners, and a design of fleurs-de-lis in the centers. With silk doublures and endpapers. All edges gilt. Minor toning to the text. A marvelous set in fine condition.
Froissart's chronicles are very lively accounts, being for the most part written from the oral testimony of participants in the events. The period covered, 1325-1400, included notable battles of Cressy (1346), Poitiers (1356), Otterburn, the "Chevy Chase" of the ballad (1399), and also the suppression of Wat Tyler's insurrection of 1380.
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