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The History of the World, in Five Books.; Whereunto is added in this Edition, the Life and Tryal of the Author
Tho. Basset, London, 1687. Complete with "The Mind of the Front" poem by Ben Jonson, frontispiece portrait and extra illustrated allegorical title; 8 double-page maps, and a few in-text woodcut charts throughout; decorative initials and headers for each of the 5 books; rubricated title. [4], xxxii, [24], 44, 813, [45] pages with text in double columns. Very thick folio, contemporary calf with some blind-stamped daetails, expertly re-backed in similar mottled calf with leather label (covers and edges scuffed and worn but sound). London: Tho. Basset, Ric. Chiswell, Benj. Tooke, Tho. Passenger, Geo. Dawes, Tho. Sawbridge, M. Wotton and G. Conyers, 1687. Early edition, the first to include the "Tryal." Minor staining at rear in the Chronology and Content sections, but generally a clean, tight copy. "Raleigh's labours, which began with the creation, only reached to 130 B.C., the date of the conversion of Macedonia into a Roman province. He traced the rise and fall of the three great empires of Babylon, Assyria, and Macedon, and dealt exhaustively with the most flourishing periods of Jewish, Greek, and Roman history." DNB XVI. Wing (STC) R168. Lowndes III, p. 2039. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Argosy Book Store, ABAA, ILAB [New York, NY, U.S.A.]
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