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MYRROUR AND DYSCRYPCYON OF THE WORLDE WITH MANY MERUAYLLES AND THE VII SCYENCES.]
[London Enprynted by me Laurence Andrewe dwellynge in fletestrete, at the sygne of the golde crosse by flete brydge 1527?] - EXCEPTIONALLY RARE, EXTREMELY EARLY PRINTING AND JUST THE THIRD OF THE WORK and the first by Andrewe preceded only by Caxton's own printings of this translation by William Caxton of "Image du monde", sometimes attributed to Gossuin of Metz; misattributed to Vincent of Beauvais. Publication date conjectured by STC. WITH VERY EARLY ILLUSTRATIONS FOR ANY BOOK PRINTED IN ENGLISH. Black letter, with many woodcut illustrations throughout, nearly 100, many are very large, also with woodcut initials and head or tail pieces. Folio (272 by 175mm), in old vellum over stiff boards, a later paper label attractively lettered in manuscript on the spine, now housed in a folding chamois in a handsome full calf clamshell box gilt ruled, the spine of the box with tall raised bands and three brown morocco labels gilt lettered and ruled. 78 leaves (of 92). An extremely rare book, still bound in it's contemporary vellum and a remarkable survival. Highly elusive, the book lacks the leaves prior to d2, the titlepage, prologue and start of the text. A two-page manuscript summary by a previous owner is bound in the front along with an interesting history of the Mirror and its printings. h1 and h4 have been supplied in manuscript facsimile. Marginal repairs to y1 not affecting text, to y2 affecting one woodblock and some lines of text restored in manuscript, y3 and y4 affecting several lines of text and the colophon which are restored in manuscript and the printers device on the verso. VERY RARE, This edition is nearly as rare as the exceptionally rare Caxton printings. OCLC LISTS ONLY 4 COPIES IN PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS: The British Museum, with a mutilated titlepage and lacking A2-4; the British Library Reference Collection, with the titlepage mutilated; UCLA, which is incomplete; the Huntington and the University of Manchester. Mirror of the World was the first illustrated book, the first science book, and the first encyclopaedia printed in England. This edition is a revision of Caxton's translation, which Caxton printed originally in 1480 and again in 1481. Some the woodcuts used in this present edition are from Caxton's original blocks, thus are the same blocks used by England's first printer. Caxton's edition however had far fewer illustrations, there are nearly 100 in this edition and they came from many sources. Andrewe's edition also differs from Caxtons in word changes, phrasing, omissions and the section on the liberal arts is expanded. MIRROR is a compendium of popular sciences, the text summarizes the knowledge of the times at a level of detail that would interest and inform the reading public without belaboring excessive details and scholastic argumentation. Its subjects include grammar, rhetoric, logic, weights and measures, geometry, Earth sciences, hydrology, meteorology, astronomy, music, etc. The fascinating woodcuts, some were originally used by Caxton, include astronomical events, moon phases and eclipses, demonstrations of gravity, a mermaid, Noah's Ark, an earthquake, the Earth's four major rivers flowing from Eden, Hell. There are even strange animals in India such as unicorns, dragons and elephants. Andrewe was a native of Calais, where he probably learned the art of printing from John Doesborowe or Peter Treveris before practicing the art at Fleet Street. Lowndes called this the 'chef d'oeure' of his press. Two variants were printed, but these can only be distinguished from the titlepage. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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