FROISSART, Jean (c.1333-1400). Here begynneth the fyrst volum [the thirde and fourthe boke] of Syr Johan Froyssart: oft the Chronycles of Englande, Fraunce, Spayne, Portyngale, Scotlande, Bretayne, Flaunders, and other places adioynynge. Translated out of frenche into our materall Englysshe tonge by Johan Bouchier knyght lorde berners. London: vol.I. [Robert Redman and] William Middleton [ca. 1540]; vol.II. Richard Pynson, 31 August 1525.
2 volumes in one, 2° (315 x 215mm). Collation: Vol.I: A6 B4 a-v6 aa-vv6 3a-3n6 o4; vol.II: a8 A-U6 AA-UU6 3A-3N6 3O8. Large woodcut initials, woodcut titlepage border to each volume [the first made up from 7 ornaments; the second McKerrow & Ferguson 8], woodcut armorial of Henry VIII on verso of each title and Pynson's arms on verso of last leaf. (Title slightly soiled; small marginal tear at head, also in s3, repaired without loss.) Contemporary London calf, tooled in blind to a panel design with two rolls [the inner Oldham Panel Bindings 504, plate 35; the outer Oldham 913, plate 54], two brass clasps and hasps, (both covers detached, later label). Provenance: Philip Mainwaring, pret:18s, probably the Secretary for Ireland (1589-1661) before he was knighted in 1634 (signature on flyleaf); Sir Henry Mainwaring (18th-century bookplate); Rev. Thomas Corser, bought at his sale, Sotheby's 17 March 1869 (pencil note) by John Wilkinson for William Tite for ¨90 (letter pasted in); Cardiff Castle bookplate.
FIRST EDITION OF THE SECOND VOLUME; second edition of the first volume, a line-for-line reprint of the first edition made after this volume had gone out-of-print. The chronicle covers the years 1325 to 1400 and was translated by John Bourchier, Lord Berners (1467-1533) at the command of Henry VIII. STC 11396.5 (vol.I) and 11397 (vol.II)