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    First Edition of Holinshed's Chronicle

    Raphaell Holinshed. The Firste [- Laste] volume of the Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Irelande. London: Imprinted for John Hunne [and Lucas Harrison], 1577. First edition. Two thick octavo volumes. [8], 124 leaves: 289, [1]: [8], 22, [2]: 518, [26] pages; [4], 291-659, 700-981, 990-1593, [1], 1593-1876, [94] pages. Pagination errors. Approximately 10.75 x 7.5 inches. Numerous woodcut illustrations. Three title pages with decorative woodcut borders. Sympathetically rebound in full mottled calf with older blind stamped leather panels laid on boards, volume two with gilt armorial device on front board. Four raised spine bands with gilt titles in compartments.

    Rear leather panel split and securely laid down. Bindings rubbed, leather panels with greater wear. Both text blocks trimmed with tight margins and minor losses to marginal comments and title page numbers. First title page trimmed around its borders, mounted, and repaired. Title page in second volume is a supplied and altered copy, also repaired and backed on another page; the following preface leaf is repaired and backed with loss of text near the inner margins. Occasional small holes or tracks from biopredation, heavier in the first five leaves of volume one and the index pages of volume two, minor affect to text, still legible. Holograph ink ownership names (one dated "1699") and small symbols on blank verso of page 289 from "The Historie of Englande" section in the first volume.

    Some pages with archival repairs, addressing paper losses (few of which affect the text) and tears. Leaves reinserted mostly at the beginnings of each volume. Pages with edge wear, corner bends, creases, small tears, foxing, dampstaining and soiling. Few ink markings. A very good presentation of an important work.

    William Shakespeare used the second edition of Holinshed's Chronicles as source material for several of his histories.

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