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PARIS, MATTHEW OF
MATTHAEI PARIS MONACHI ALBANENSIS ANGLI, HISTORIA MAJOR. [with] VITAE DUORUM OFFARUM SIVE OFFANORUM, MERCIORUM REGUM. [and] ADDITAMENTA
London: Richard Hodgkinson, 1640; Milo Flesher, 1639. 418 x 284 mm. (16 1/2 x 11 1/4"). 25 p.l., 1009, [1] pp., [55] leaves; 7 p.l., 145, [3], 310 pp., [6] leaves. Edited by Matthew Parker. Modern calf, boards with 17th century calf covers onlaid, these with central oval medallion containing a bust and a coronet, raised bands, black morocco label. With frontispiece portrait of the author and one small engraving in the text.STC 19210; ESTC S115363. Extremities lightly rubbed, onlaid leather a bit crackled and worn, half-title, title, and B1 a little soiled, occasional small, light dampstains or minor dust soiling to head edge, other trivial imperfections, but an excellent copy internally, generally clean, fresh, and rather bright with generous margins, in a sturdy, pleasant binding.The first text in this massive, heavy volume--an account of the world from creation through 1253 A.D.--is the major work of 13th century chronicler Matthew Paris, or Matthew of Paris (d. 1259), a Benedictine monk of St Albans; the work is praised by the Oxford Companion as "outstanding for its expressive liveliness," as well as its historical value and its inclusion of foreign events. According to ESTC, Matthew's account was "based on an earlier work by Roger of Wendover also known as 'Flores historiarum', probably based in turn on an earlier St. Albans chronicle." According to DNB, Paris, far from living a secluded life, "had access to papal bulls, imperial acta, royal writs and charters, news reports and correspondence from a wide range of sources, English and continental, secular and ecclesi … [Click Below for Full Description]
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