• Valuable Printed Books and Man auction at Christies

    Sale 5334

    Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts

    13 June 2012, London, King Street

  • Lot 61

    FROISSART, Jean (c. 1333-c. 1410). Cronycles of Englande, Fraunce, Spayne, Portyngale, Scotlande, Bretaine, Flaunders: and other places adioynynge. Translated from French into English by John Bouchier, 2nd Baron Berners (1467-1533). London: Richard Pynson, 28 January 1523, 31 August 1525.

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    FROISSART, Jean (c. 1333-c. 1410). Cronycles of Englande, Fraunce, Spayne, Portyngale, Scotlande, Bretaine, Flaunders: and other places adioynynge. Translated from French into English by John Bouchier, 2nd Baron Berners (1467-1533). London: Richard Pynson, 28 January 1523, 31 August 1525.

    2 volumes, 2° (322 x 220mm). Black letter type, vol. I title with 4-part woodcut border, vol. II title with woodcut historiated border, full-page royal coat-of-arms on verso of each title, full-page arms of Lord Berners on last page of each volume, historiated, ornamental and grotesque initials, some initial spaces with guide-letter. (First title and A6 in facsimile, A5 supplied from another copy, repaired marginal tear in 2 leaves, some filled wormholes, affecting a little text primarily in II: TT-CC, occasional spotting.) 19th-century red morocco, gilt border on sides, gilt spine with leather labels, gilt edges (faint spotting, minor rubbing). Provenance: John Murray (bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION of Berner's celebrated English translation of Froissart's great chronicle, undertaken at the express command of Henry VIII; the Tudor coat-of-arms appears on the verso of each title-page. Froissart, probably in Berner's translation, was a source for Shakespeare, specifically for Richard II (cf. Gillespie, Shakespeare's Books, pp.177-180). STC 11396 and 11397. (2)


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