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SIR JOHN FROISSART 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. Vol.1

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
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. Vol.1
page 90



îxkix lightened it, and has only càuféd thofe édition^ which were prior to his own to become more fcarce, and more dear. We (hall fee whether this be the 'recompence that all the trouble he gave himfelf de* ferved : but I ought firft to fpeak of the manner in Which he laboured at this edition, and the affiftance he had, according to the account which he gives himfelf. Sauvage, havingsfirft tranfcrrbed the printed copy bf Galliot du Pré, copipared it'with the two other black letter editions, when hê'found the difference betAtteen them fo trifling that he thought he ought to confider ail three but as the fame. He then collated his text with a printed fragment full more antient ; then with the third volume of " La Mer ec des Hiftoires," in which Froiffart has been copied from the beginning to the 177th chapter; and laftly, with two abridgments in MS. which he dit tinguifhes, not being acquainted with the authors* by the names of " La Ghaux and de Sala," who had communicated them to him. The editor, in acknowledging that thefe abridge* ments, or manufcripts, which were fo much da* maged, that' he was frequently obliged to guefs the meaning, have been at times very ufeful to him; gives notice that he did not follow their punâuation ; but, petfuaded there cannot be too great exaftnefs in religioufly preferving the language of antient authors, he follows, with a ferupulous attention, the orthography, the antient* words, and antient modes of fpeech, although they were very different from what they were when the firft copies came from the hands of Froiffart. He* neverthelefey • J* „ avows


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