1660 A Continuation of the Chronicle of the Kings of England, to the End of the Year MDCLVIII
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Leather Binding, Very Scarce
The very scarce third edition of Baker's chronicle, providing a guide to the nobility of seventeenth century England.
Featuring a mention of Shakespeare on page 503 that was excised in later editions: 'Poetry was never more Resplendent, nor never more Graced; wherein Johnson, Silvester, Shakspere [...] not only far excelled their own Countrymen, but the World besides'.
According to Sidney’s Shakespearana, 'it is singular that this third edition of 1660 in which the above passage first occurs, should be rare. After a somewhat extensive search in the libraries of Cambridge, Oxford, London, Dublin, Paris, and elsewhere, the copies quoted are the only three that have been found'.
ESTC Citation No. R5281
With the collation A2-A6, B-3N6, 3O4. Text leaves complete, but lacking lead A1, which consists of the original engraved title page.
The text is continuous, despite the irregular pagination.
With a former owner's inscription, dated 1849, to the front pastedown, and further extensive inscriptions to the verso of final leaf of index, 3O4.
A very scarce and important edition of Baker's exhaustive history that details the development of the British monarchy, government, and church, a work that was very popular at the time though it is known to have some inaccuracies, and was first published in 1643. .
In a full calf binding. Small losses of leather to back strip head and tail, and to head of rear joint. Front board detached. Rear joint starting, and a touch tenderly held. Inscription to front pastedown. Internally, firmly bound. Pages significantly age toned. Significant handling marks and spotting throughout. Lacking engraved title page. Significant losses to tail of leaf A5 and B1, lacking a portion of text to leaf B1. Small burn resulting in a hole to lead 2G6. Closed tears to tail of leaves 2U5-6. Inscriptions to verso of leaf 3O4.
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