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Fabyan Robert
1542. Very Rare, Early Printing of Fabyan's Chronicle. Folio, bound in late 17th or early 18th century mottled calf, spine gilt A well preserved copy. A VERY RARE AND AN IMPORTANT WORK. NO COPIES IN COMMERCE. "Fabyan was the first of the citizen chroniclers of London who conceived the design of expanding his diary into a general history. His work was called by himself 'The Concordance of Histories,' and beginning with the arrival of Brutus, gave a general survey of the affairs of England, and n later times of France also. The first six books are brief, and reach to the Norman Conquest; the seventh book extends from the Norman Conquest to his own day. Fabyan was well acquainted with Latin and French, and shows a large knowledge of previous writers, but his object is to harmonize their accounts, and so doing he shows no critical sagacity. He is valuable as an authority as he reaches his own time. From the accession of Richard I his book assumes the form of a London Chronicle, and the years are divided by the names of the mayors an sheriffs. He has an eye for city pageantry, ad gives details fo many public festivities. Occasionally he breaks into verse, beginning his books with poems in honour of the Virgin; be he inserts a complaint of Edward II, which is in the style made familiar by the 'Mirrour of Magistrates'. Fabyan's verse is ruder than his prose. Fabyan's work was first printed by Pynson in 1516 with the title 'The New Chronicles of England and France', and this first edition is exceedingly rare. Bale says that the book was burnt by order of Cardinal Wolsey because it … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Antiquarian Bookshop Buddenbrooks, Inc. [US]

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