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The History of the World in Five Books.
London: Tho. Basset et al. 1687 - Full period calf. Folio. Later edition. xxxii, (25), 41, 813, (44)pp. Engraved allegorical title, portrait of Raleigh, and 8 folding maps. Lacking "The Mind of the Front" verse leaf. Includes the "Life of Raleigh" (as in the 1677 edition). Raleigh's ambitious project in which he sought to tell the history of the world from Creation up to his own times. It was written while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London, after being charged with conspiracy by James 1, and dedicated to his patron and supporter, Prince Henry. Raleigh envisioned the work in three parts, but this, the first part, was all he was able to complete. It concludes abruptly with the second Roman war with Macedonia. The binding is battered and worn with both covers detached. The text is in fair to good condition with some heavy foxing, spotting and wear. The following defects are noted: The engraved title is heavily chipped and worn with portions missing from the left and right side and has been repaired on the verso. The title is browned and worn with a piece missing from the lower right corner. There are early ink names at the top of both titles and on several pages of the Preface. A handful of pages have long, closed tears in the margin. The title page of Raleigh's Life lacks a large piece in the lower right margin. Many of the maps are split down the middle (near the center of the binding), resulting in some image loss there. An acceptable copy of a scarce and important work, priced accordingly. WING R 168. Postage extra. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Centerbridge Books]
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