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Chronicles of England, France, Spain,
London: Henry G. Bohn,, 1852. And the adjoining countries, from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Translated from the French editions with variations and additions from many celebrated mss. by Thomas Johnes. To which are prefixed a life of the author, an essay on his works and a criticism on his history. In two volumes. 2 volumes, large octavo (238 x 166 mm). Recent red morocco by Bayntun-Riviere, titles and decoration to spines gilt in compartments, vignette of knight to front covers, gilt frame to covers, turn-ins and edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Illuminated chromolithograph frontispieces and divisional titles in both volumes, chromolithograph title page in vol. 1, with 70 similar plates by Henry Noel Humphreys, all with paper guards, and numerous wood engravings in the text. A fine set. A handsomely bound set of Johnes's translation of Froissart's chronicle of the Hundred Years' War. The first edition of Johnes's translation was published in four volumes at the translator's own press in Hafod between 1803 and 1810; the first edition containing the three preliminary essays published in 1839. The superb chromolithograph plates by Noel Humphreys were first published in William Smith's edition of 1844–45. Froissart's chronicle is considered one of the most important sources for the history of medieval Europe and chivalric culture. Originally written in French in the late 14th century it circulated widely in manuscript, with lavishly illuminated copies especially popular among nobles and clergyman, and was first printed in Paris by Anthoine Vérard circa 1495. An edition in English, translated from a Latin abridgement, did not appear until 1608. Johnes "remains the only man to have undertaken the formidable task of translating Froissart's Chronicles in their entirety, and the appearance of subsequent editions until 1906 testifies to their worth" (ODNB).
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