Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain, and the Adjoining Countries, from the Latter Part of the Reign of Edward II. to the Coronation of Henry IV & The Chronicles of Enguerrand de Monstrelet [COMPLETE IN 26 VOLUMES].
1) Froissart, Jean; Thomas Johnes; Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain, and the Adjoining Countries, from the Latter Part of the Reign of Edward II. to the Coronation of Henry IV. London, 1808. Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, Paternoster-Row, and J. White, Fleet Street. The Third Edition to which is prefixed, a life of the author, an essay on his works, a criticism on his history, and a dissertation on his poetry. 12 text volumes (8vo) & 1 plate volume (4to). Gold-lined leather with gold-decorated spine. Dentelles. Marbled page edges and endpapers. Ex-libris of The Hon. Rev. L. Barrington, Watton on inside of front board. Frontispiece in vol. I, offsetting & some foxing to title-page of same volume. Fascinating chronicles by Sir John Froissart, starting from the latter part of the reign of Edward II. to the coronation of Henry IV. John Froissart (ca. 1338-1410?) was a priest, canon, and treasurer of the Collegiate Church of Chimay. He is considered by many as perhaps the most entertaining and important historian of the Middle Ages. The wars between England and France, as well as the interior manners of the courts of England form the majority of his chronicles but his visits to Spain, Ireland, Italy and Scotland diversify his narrative with many passages from the history of those countries. Translated from the French by Thomas Johnes. Some age wear and minor staining on bindings. Minor chipping to head of spines on few volumes. Sporadic foxing throughout. Slightly heavier foxing on title-page and first few pages in some volumes. Plate volume in quarto but matching binding. Dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Unpaginated. Illustrated with 56 b/w line engravings & a b/w map showing Edward III's march through France from Barfleur to Calais, A.D. 1300. Some staining and age wear on plates volume. Verso of one plate expertly repaired. A complete set, tight copies in overall very good condition. WITH2) Monstrelet, Enguerrand de; Thomas Johnes; Baron Joseph Bonaventure Dacier; The Chronicles of Enguerrand de Monstrelet. London, 1810. Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees Orme, and Brown, Paternoster-Row; and J. White and Co. Fleet-Street. 12 text volumes (8vo) & 1 plate volume (4to). Gold-lined leather with gold-decorated spine. Dentelles. Marbled page edges and endpapers. Ex-libris of The Hon. Rev. L. Barrington, Watton on inside of front board. From title-page: "The Chronicles of Enguerrand de Monstrelet; containing an account of the cruel civil wars between the houses Orleans and Burgundy; of the possession of Paris and Normandy by the English; their expulsion thence; and of other memorable events that happened in the kingdom of France, as well as in other countries. A history of fair example, and of great profit to the French, beginning at the year MCCCC. where that of Sir John Froissart finishes, and ending at the year MCCCCLXVII. and continued by others to the year MDXVI." Important work by Enguerrand de Monstrelet (ca. 1400-1453) on European history from 1400-1467. Monstrelet's writings, dealing with the latter part of the Hundred Years' War, are historically important since they contain a large number of documents which are certainly, as well as speeches which are probably, authentic. Translated from the French by Thomas Johnes. Some age wear and minor staining on bindings. Slight chipping to head of spine on a few volumes. 2" x 1" piece of bottom corner on page 373 in vol. Imissing. Sporadic foxing throughout, some rippling to pages in a few volumes. Plate volume in quarto but matching binding. Dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Unpaginated. Frontispiece. Pulling on bottom edge of title-page, 5 mm of bottom edge on page 5 missing, not affecting text. Tiny puncture on margin of plate 40. Illustrated with 51 (incl. frontispiece) full-page b/w line engravings, one of them being a fold-out. Complete set, tight copies in overall very good condition.
Scarce complete set of chronicles by Froissart and Monstrelet in matching bindings. Fascinating work covering English and French history from the end of Edward II. reign up until the early 16th century.
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