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The Life Of Saint Edmund King & Martyr - The Lives Of Saints Edmund And Fremund In MS Harley 2278
U.K / The Folio Society 2004 - This is a 2 volume facsimile, that is limited to 1000 copies (this is number 828). The original was a gift to Henry VI from William Curteys, the Abbot of Bury St. Edmunds; occasioned by Henry's visit to the Abbey on Christmas Eve, 1433. Renown poet and monk John Lydgate was commissioned by the Abbot in 1434 to make this work in commemoration. It is hard to overstate the importance of the resulting manuscript, both as a monument to the development of the English language, and for its illustrations - 120 images, forming narrative sequences integrated to form a coherent visual parallel to the text and with a careful fidelity to detail. The completed manuscript that was presented to the young king remained in his library until after his deposition, and although it left royal hands for a time, it reappears in the inventories of the library of Henry VIII. It was acquired by The British Library in 1742. These sets first volume which is bound in Nigerian goatskin contains the facsimile, identical to that in the British Library edition except for gilt edging; the companion volume which is bound in cloth includes the introduction, a transcription of Lydgate's text (page by page, as in the manuscript), with glossary and notes, all by A. S. G. Edwards. The introduction is an abridged version of the introduction to the British Library edition. This set is contained in a solander box and is in fine condition-the only exception is the previous owner has put a book-plate in each volume. (This is a heavy set over 2.6kg so there will be an extra postage charge). MORE PICTURES AVAILABLE [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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