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JOHNSTON, John
Inscriptiones historicae regum Scotorum. (with) Heroes ex omni Historia Scotica Lectisimi
Cornelius Claessonius for Andrew Hart, bookseller of Edinburgh (and) Christopher Guyotius for Andrew Hart, bookseller of Edinburgh, 1603. FIRST EDITIONS, 4to., pp [xii] 60 xx ; [xvi] 56. 1) Roman letter, some Greek. Title and text with typographical ornaments, ten full page engraved portraits of the Scottish kings and Queens, C17 autograph 'M Fraser' on fly. 2) Roman and Italic letter, some Greek, title with woodcut printer's device, typographical ornaments throughout. First title fractionally dusty, light age yellowing, closed tear to blank margin of F1. A very good, very well margined copy (possibly large paper), crisp and clean, with fine, strong impressions of the engravings, in half sheep over marbled paper boards c.1700, spine with raised bands, black morocco title label gilt, a little rubbed and scuffed. Fine copies of the first editions of these two uncommon works by Johnston (1570-1611) Scottish poet of considerable eminence, who styled himself 'Aberdonensis' and whose family hailed from Crimond near Aberdeen - where Johnston studied at Kings College, before spending eight years at various continental universities. He became a friend of Justus Lipsius and doubtless of the other scholars whose epigrams preface the present work - among them Joseph Scaliger, Jan Dousa and Daniel Heinsius. He was also closely attached to Andrew Melville, who probably helped him to obtain the professorship of divinity at St. Andrews c1593, when he was 'Maister of the new college'. The first work is a series of epigrammatic addresses to the Scottish Kings from Fergus I to James VI (to wh … [Click Below for Full Description]
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