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The History of the World
Printed for Walter Burr 1614 [i e 1617], London - Folio (12 ¾ x7 ¾ ), old marbled boards, rebacked in morocco by careful amateur, new endpapers, engraved copper pictorial title-page, and with 8 double page copper-engraved maps and plans; [80], 492, 491-651, [1], 776, [62] pp. This copy generally corresponds to the second edition (STC 20638), but with minor variations in arrangement of unpaginated leaves. The first leaf, “The minde of the front.”, has been trimmed and mounted, as has the colophon leaf. To a lesser degree the engraved title has also been trimmed a little. The printed title with the portrait of Raleigh, which was not issued in this edition, but a photocopy, is loosely laid in. Boards rubbed, the plates with minor discoloration along centerfolds from the glue used to reinsert, 1 plate laid on backing sheet repairing a few tears. A bit of minor staining, but internally very clean. Overall very good. Raleigh (1552?-1618) wrote “The History of the World” while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London during 1603-1616. He was convicted of treason against King James I, and beheaded in 1618. A copy of this work can still be found today in his study at the Tower of London. Raleigh’s history starts with the ancient world and ends with the rise of the Roman Empire. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Nicholas D. Riccio Rare Books, ABAA]
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