MONSTRELET, Enguerrand de (c.1390/1395-1453). Le premier [second, tiers] volume de enguerran de monstrellet. Paris: François Regnault, 16 March - 23 April 1518.
3 volumes in one, 2° (320 x 211mm). Collation: I: ã8 a-z6 \\i6 aa-oo6 pp-qq4; II: A-X6 AA-DD6; III: aaa8 bbb-zzz6 \\i\\i\\i6 aaaa-ffff6 gggg-hhhh4. Lettre batârde. Large woodcut calligraphic initial on each title, one full-page woodcut presentation scene and one woodcut of a scribe working in vol. I, half-page woodcut in vol. II, printer's device on each title and at end of each volume, woodcut ornamental initials from several sets. (Some discreet marginal repairs, lightly browned, occasional small, light stains.) Late 19th-century rose morocco panelled in gilt, gilt spine lettered in two compartments, gilt edges, signed F. Bedford (a few scratches on rear cover). Provenance: Henry and Alfred Huth (sale Sotheby's, part V, 7 July 1916, lot 5072, £7.10 to Quaritch); John Burns (inscription dated 1917, sale Sotheby's, 25 April 1944, £40 to Foyle).
FOURTH EDITION. Monstrelet's chronicle takes up where Froissart's left off, in 1400. He also broadens Froissart's scope to relate events beyond France. To some of the events he narrates he was an eye-witness, such as the interview between Joan of Arc and Philip of Burgundy, although he claims not to remember details of the conversation. The first two volumes, up to 1444, are the work of Monstrelet himself; the author of the third volume is anonymous but generally considered to be Matthieu d'Escouchy. The most recent events (here, up to 1516) are anonymous additions. This edition follows two undated editions by Vérard and reprints a 1512 edition by Jean Petit and Michel le Noir. Adams M-1616; Brunet III: 1832; Renouard-Moreau II, 1904.