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The Mirrour Which Flatters Not. Dedicated to their Maiesties of Great Britaine, by Le Sieur de la Serre, Historiographer of France. Enriched with Faire Figures. Transcrib'd English from the French, by T.C. And Devoted to the Well-Disposed Readers
Printed by E.P. for R. Thrale, London 1639 - First edition in English of this classic meditation on fame and death, first published in French in 1632. Picking up where the medieval Dance of Death tradition left off, the essay is packed with historical examples of leaders who knew (or did not know) how to die, ultimately striking a balance between the levelling effect of death and an emerging humanist ideal: "Remember that you are Men, but more marvelous without comparison, then the Sunne; since your Reason is a divine light." The four striking full-page plates depict great men grappling with their own mortality: "Philip King of Macedon comanded one of his Pages to Awake him every Morning, & Call aloud to him SIR Remember that You are a MAN." The Mirrour Which Flatters Not was printed by Elizabeth Purslowe, widow of the printer George Purslowe, who produced almost 150 titles in her fourteen years running the press. STC 20490a. A near-fine copy of a compelling Renaissance conduct manual. Octavo, contemporary full calf rebacked, triple fillet border in blind and gilt, central gilt ornament to both boards, endpapers renewed (with window to front pastedown, revealing contemporary owner signature), edges speckled red. Complete with engraved frontispiece of Death, rare "Designe of the Frontispice" leaf, dedicatory material after title page, four full-page engraved plates, woodcut headpieces, translator's notes at rear, final imprimatur leaf. Seventeenth-century ink ownership inscription of physician Thomas Wharton to front pastedown; eighteenth-century inscription "Mary Woodyeare Booke" to verso of front fly leaf; nineteenth-century ink ownership inscription and twentieth-century exlibris stamp to front fly leaf; bookseller notations in pencil to front fly leaf; tiny ink notation to corner of A1. Housed in a custom clamshell box. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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