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The collection of the history of England
London: Printed [by Nicholas Okes] for Simon Waterson Folio (27.5 cm, 10.8"). [10], 222 pp.. 1626 [with] Trussell, John. A continuation of the Collection of the history of England, beginning where Samuel Daniell Esquire ended... London: Pr. by M[ary] D[awson] for Ephraim Dawson, 1636. Folio. [8], 260 pp. (pagination skips 243/44). Daniel (1562–1619), a poet and historian, was educated at Oxford but left without taking a degree. He subsequently achieved great popular success and influence as a poet of the dolce stile, to the point that Spenser obliquely praised him in the Prothalamion and Shakespeare took his Civil Wars as a source for the history plays. In 1612 Daniel brought out his first important prose work, The First Part of the Historie of England. The present work completes that one, and after recapitulating the earlier history in just 22 pages, takes the story from the Conquest to the end of the reign of Edward III. Following that is Trussell's further completion of the history, extending through the life and reign of Richard III. The Collection is here in an early edition, following the first of 1618, and the Continuation in the => first edition. The main title is printed within a woodcut "arabesque" border and the text is in roman within line borders defining space for sidenotes. Provenance: Front pastedown with 19th-century monogram bookplate of John Tomlinson and with 20th-century U.S. bookseller's small ticket; title-page of Collection with early inked inscription "R[ichar?]d Weston." Title-page of Continuation with early inked inscription "Fra.[?] Taylor. 18th-century dark brown morocco framed in gilt roll, all edges sprinkled blue and red; rebacked, joints refurbished, and original spine with gilt-stamped title and rules reapplied; rubbed and with spine extremities chipped. Pages age-toned, with intermittent light to moderate waterstaining and occasional foxing or ink staining; first and last few leaves with edges also darkened by offsetting from binding and one leaf with small burn hole in outer margin. Title-page with inscription as above, and with a few light ink smears not affecting text or border; last page of Collection with early ink doodles and lettering. A solid, rather distinguished example of this good combination.
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