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    Stow's Chronicle

    John Stow. Annales, or, A Generall Chronicle of England. Begun by John Stow: Continued and Augmented with matters Forraigne and Domestique, Ancient and Moderne, unto the end of the present yeere, 1631 by Edmund Howes, Gent. N.p. [Londini: printed by John Beale, Bernard Alsop, Thomas Fawcett, and Augustine Mathewes, impensis Richardi Meighen], 1631 [i.e. 1632].

    An early edition of the Howes amendation. Folio. 1,087, plus 29 pages (with pagination mis-numbered throughout, this volume collates closely with ESTC S117586). Illustrated title page. Alphabetical Table. Inserted into this volume is a portrait frontispiece titled "John Stowe, Historian & Antiquarian" with a brief history of the man and his Chronicle, with the final line reading in part "Published May 10, 1792 by N. Smith."

    Half leather binding over maroon-brown cloth; spine has five raised bands and gilt lettering, rules, and decorations. Marbled endpapers. Leather worn quite heavily, especially along edges, joints, and corners. Spine faded. Hinges cracked, but binding quite sturdy. Title page has been repaired, trimmed along ruled border, and laid down. Many leaves throughout unprofessionally repaired, with some loss to the text of the final printed leaf. Occasional dampstaining. Bookplate to front pastedown. Good to very good.

    Originally published in 1565 as Summarie of Englyshe Chronicles, this popular work, known commonly as Stow's Chronicle, was reprinted several times, with the Howes "amended edition" first appearing in 1615.

    ESTC S117586.


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