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THE ANNALES, OR GENERALL CHRONICLE OF ENGLAND, begun first by maister John Stow, and after him continued and augmented with matters forreyne, and domestique, auncient and moderne, unto the end of this present yeere 1614, by Edmond Howes, gentleman.
London, printed by Thomas Dawson for Thomas Adams, 1615.. This is the first edition to include Howes augmentations, WITH A VERY EARLY MENTION OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, (see below) and the appendix on London University with separate title-page. 1615, printer's name from colophon, folio in sixes, approximately 325 x 210 mm, 12¾ x 8¼ inches, elaborate engraved architectural title page with King James at the top in the centre with his arms below, with Queen Anne and Prince Charles on either side and below a Dane, a Roman, a Saxon and a Norman, woodcut head- and tailpieces and large and small historiated initials, printed in black letter on 2 columns, pages: [20], 1- 430, 432-576, 578-815, [1], 816-957, [4], 961-968, 967-988, plus [30] pages of index and colophon, a few small jumps in pagination but catch words correct, lacking a blank leaf before the title page and another after the Dedication, otherwise collated and guaranteed complete, bound in full modern blind panelled calf, raised bands to spine, blind ornament in compartments, gilt lettered red morocco label. Upper margin of title page trimmed off, slight damage to inner margin with 1 small repaired tear just affecting edge of image with no loss but with a small brown mark left by old tape, 2 tiny holes repaired neatly on reverse and not visible on recto, occasional light spotting or light staining, mainly to margins, mostly very clean, 1 small closed tear to lower edge of 1 page, neatly repaired with no loss of text. A very good complete copy with an early mention of Shakepeare. John Stow (1524?1605), antiquarian and historian was born in London in a well-to-do family of tallow-chandlers but nothing is known of his education. Nevertheless, he wrote English with fluency and clarity, had a good command of Latin, and possessed an extraordinary knowledge of English history and literature. He built up a large library of manuscripts and antiquarian books. His interests included chronicles, charters, ecclesiastical and municipal records, wills, literary works, and learned treatises. He was acquainted with many Renaissance humanist scholars such as John Dee, William Camden, Archbishop Matthew Parker, and Henry Savile. When he joined the Society of Antiquaries some time after its foundation in 1586, he was the only member who was not a gentleman. The Annales was first published in 1580 with the title Chronicles of England from Brute (the legendary first king of Britain). With the edition of 1605 Stow continued the history to the accession of James I. Our edition augmented and expanded by Edmund Howes reaches 1614. To Stow's brief Appendix on the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge is added a 26 page account of the colleges of London University by Sir George Buck. It is believed that Stow was the first English historian to make systematic use of public records for the purpose of his work and that by this research he did more to advance the study of fifteenth-century England than any other writer of his time. In the emendation by Edmund Howes on page 811 there is A MENTION OF SHAKESPEARE: "Our modern, and present excellent Poets which worthily flourish in their own works, and all of them in my own knowledge lived together in this Queen?s reign, according to their priorities as near as I could, I have orderly set down (viz) George Gascoigne Esquire, Thomas Churchyard Esquire, Sir Edward Dyer Knight, Edmund Spencer Esquire, Sir Philip Sidney Knight, Sir John Harrington Knight, Sir Thomas Challoner Knight, Sir Francis Bacon Knight, & Sir John Davie Knight, Master John Lillie gentleman, Master George Chapman gentleman, M.W. Warner gentleman, M. Willi. Shakespeare gentleman," (and others). MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
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