1656 The History of This Iron Age
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First Edition, Leather Binding, Very Scarce
'Wherein is set down the true state of Europe, as it was in the year 1500. Also the original and causes of all the warres and commotions that have happened, together with a description of the most memorable battels, sieges, actions and transactions, both in court and camp, from that time till this present year 1656. Illustrated with the lively effigies of the most renowned persons of this present time'.
The writer refers to his own age as 'this iron age', having a particular view that 'this abominable age, whereof the scripture so clearly speaks: This is the Kingdome of Iron, which shivers and subdues all things. The seven angels have powred down their vials upon the earth, which is filled with blasphemy, massacres, injustices, disloyalties and infinite other evills, almost able to draw even the very elect to murmuration'.
Two parts bound into one.
With decorative head and tail pieces and capitals.
Written originally by J. Parival, and now rendred into English by B. Harris, Gent.
With a dedication from Bartholomew Harris to John Russel, Esquire.
Jean-Nicolas de Parival, born in Verdun (Meuse) in 1605, died in Leiden in 1669, was a French historian and writer. He wrote 'Short History of the Iron Age' in 1656.
In a full calf binding. Externally worn, the front board present but detached, and the rear significantly cracked and delicate: it could detach in the post. Internally, generally firmly bound although pages 9-16 are working loose and somewhat tender towards the rear where the joint is weak. Remarkably bright and clean for the age of this book, though slightly dusted. Small tidemarks to the margins of the first and last few pages and just the odd spot. Small instances of worming to the gutter, not affecting the text. Ink signature to the title. Regrettably all of the plates are missing. Quite an incredible book all the same.
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