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    Froissart's Chronicles

    John Froissart. Chronicles of England, France and the Adjoining Countries, from the Latter Part of the Reign of Edward II to the Coronation of Henry IV. Newly Translated From the French Editions, with Variations and Additions from many Celebrated Manuscripts, by Thomas Johnes. Cardiganshire: Hafod Press, 1803-10.

    First Thomas Johnes edition. Five quarto volumes. xxiv, 835; xxvi, 744; xx, 656; xx, 692; 221 pages. Index. List of plates. Sixty engraved plates, two of which are maps.

    Full contemporary calf. Raised bands. Gilt lettering to morocco title labels on spine. Rebacked. Some hinges cracked; all joints tender, two cracked. Internally clean and sound, all plates slightly foxed, with slight offsetting to adjacent pages. Ex-library, with markings to pastedowns and verso of title pages. Very good.

    This is the first English translation of Froissart since the 1500s. Thomas Johnes took it upon himself to oversee the printing of his translation himself and built the Hafod Press on his Welsh estate. Volume I of Froissart's Chronicles was the first book released with the Hafod imprint; and the final supplemental Volume V, one of the last.

    Roderick Cave, The Private Press, 67-8.

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