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The history of the world. In five books...Whereunto - Raleigh, Walter, Sir - 1677. 
[London: printed for Robert White, T. Basset, [et al.], and T. Sawbridge, 1677. Folio, pp. , 54 (i.e. 48 - Life),  (preface and table of contents), 660, 577-885, ,  (tables and index); including 'The Minde of the Front' (a preliminary verse ascribed to Ben Jonson), a printed title page in red and black, 26 pages of chronological tables at the back, plus a number of woodcut ornaments and initials in the text; inserted is an engraved portrait of Raleigh, an engraved title page dated 1676, and 8 engraved double-page maps and plans by William Hole, occasional worming, largely confined to the margins of the preface, mild dampstain at the top margins of the first ten leaves; all else quite nice in recent full calf, red morocco label. Raleigh's last book written during his imprisonment in the Tower between 1607 and 1614. He completed only the first volume. "The design and style of Raleigh's History of the World...places the book among the noblest of literary enterprises" (DNB). At least ten folio editions appeared from 1614 to 1687. "After its publication in 1614, the king endeavoured to suppress it...This was not carried into effect, as the work was published [and] three separate issues of it appeared the same year. But [the first] and the second edition of 1617 were destitute of [printed] title-pages; and as these alone contained the name of the author, the work was virtually anonymous" (Brushfield). Armitage 46; Brushfield 223J: "The Life...is believed to have been written by John Shirley."
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