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    Hall's Chronicle of England

    [Edward Hall]. [The Union of the Two Noble and Illustre Famelies of Lancaster & Yorke...]. [London]: [Richard Grafton], [1550]. Fourth issue. Quarto in sixes. Approximately 10.5 x 7.5 inches. Incomplete, lacking first two chapters on Henry IV and Henry V. Contents include "The Trobelous Season of Kyng Henry the Sixth" "The Prosperous Reign of Kyng Edward the Fourth", "The Pitiful Life of Kyng Edwarde the Fyft.", "The Tragicall Doynges of Kynge Richard the Thirde.", "The Politique Governaunce of Kynge Henry the VII.", and "The Triumphaunt Reigne of Kyng Henry the VIII."

    Six chapters (or reigns) each with its own foliation. ii-[iii], cii, [3, table], lxi, [4, table], xxiv [1, table], xxxv, [2, table verso of xxxv and 1], [1, blank], lxi, [1, blank], [4, table], cclxiii, [8, table] folios. Numerous errors in foliation. Lacks title page and thirty-four leaves (see extended description below).

    Black letter printing. Dedication page with large historiated letter "O". Printer's note to the reader with large historiated letter "I". Large illustrated initials with heraldic themes and creatures begin each chapter. Decorated and historiated initials. Full page woodcut of the regent on the throne "God Save the Kyng" with two small holes in the upper margin and background from biopredation.

    Armorial bookplate of "Sr. Edward Tumour of Hollingbury/ in the County of Essex Knight 1705", (possibly trimmed, approximately 2.5 x 3 inches).

    Older calf boards rebacked with newer spine. Four raised spine bands with gilt lettered leather title label, gilt rules and year. Binding rubbed, scuffed, scratched, chipped and crazed; edge wear, corner bumps, and chips. Joints and hinges cracked, front board loose attached only by one chord, adhesive remnants along the joint. First three leaves reinserted and tight to inner margins. First two leaves with holes from biopredation, affecting text. There are occasional paper tabs and remnants between leaves, few with partial ink annotations. Pages with edge wear, tears and some paper losses, few closed tears in text, creases, corner bends, frequent paper repairs, soiling, dampstaining, stains heavier in some margins, scattered marks, drawings and annotations (some cropped at edges) in both ink and pencil. Contemporary ink manuscript notations on the blank leaf facing the Table for History of Henry VII include a symbol reminiscent of the Shakespeare monogram. Good.

    The Chronicle is an important Shakespearian source book, supplying information for much of Shakespeare's histories. Hall was a staunch supporter of King Henry VIII, devoting the largest chapter in this book to his reign. "This edition was prohibited by Act of Parliament in 1555" under the re-established Catholic rule of Henry's daughter, Queen Mary I. Lowndes, 984. STC 12723.

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    "To arrive at an exact bibliographical knowledge of the variations in this volume requires considerable patience in collation; most of the copies known being made up of the several editions." - Lowndes, Bibliographer's Manual, Part IV. London: 1859. Page 983.


    "Henry the Sixth": lacks xcvii.


    "Edward the Fifth": two-and-a-half inch diagonal tear in the upper outer corner of AA6.


    "Richard the Third": inner margin repair in bb1, lacking ten leaves (fol. vii- xvi), six blank leaves inserted with few holograph ink smudges and annotations, one being an ownership inscription: "Georg Brooke/ his booke [?] 1706".


    "Henry the VII": ink marks on blank before "The Politique Governaunce." few leaves trimmed tightly to upper margin, lacking four leaves (fol. xiii-xvii), ink symbols and inscriptions on verso of blank before table and on blank verso of last table leaf.


    "Henry the VIII": lacking fifteen leaves (xi-xii, xxxviii, ccxvii, ccxxii, ccxxx-ccxxxvi, ccxxxix-ccxli) and four leaves from the table (a2, a5, b1 and b4).  HHh1 with paper loss and repairs in margins (not affecting text), closed tear in JJj1, small hole in text of QQq5, TTt3 with margin repair and small hole in text, four inch closed tear in text of TTt6, six inch closed tear in texts of ZZz5, four inch closed tear in JJJ6, small hole in text of TTT1.

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