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THOMAS JOHNES, ESQ. Memoirs of the life of Sir John Froissart

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THOMAS JOHNES, ESQ.
Memoirs of the life of Sir John Froissart
page 54



du Pré, 15 SO, three volumes in folio. The fourth, Lyons, by John de Tournes, 1559, 1560, 1561, three volumes in folio, revifed and correéted by Denys Sauvage. The fifth, which copies cxaétly the fourth, is dated Paris, by Gervais Mallot, 1574, three volumes in folio*. There is reafon to believe, from the manner in which father Long expreffes himfelf on the fubjeft of the editions of Froiflart, that there may be others in which has been united into one body his chronicle, with the# firft continuation, by an anonymous writer, to the year 1498, and with a fécond continuation to the year 1513. But thefe works have never been printed together. This is not the only miftake which this learned librarian has made in the fame article, as 1 will ftiortly explain, when 1 fpeak of thefe continuations. He alfo notices an hiftorical work, printed under this title ; * Order of the Entry, and happy Arrival in the City of Paris, of Ifabella of Bavaria, Queen of France, Wife of Charles VI. in the Year 1389, extraéted from the fourth Book of the Hiftory of Froiflârt,, without marking either the date or place of its impreflion. I am ignorant whether this be not an old fragment of Froiflart which Sauvage had confulted, which had been printed before the black-letter editions, and of which I have never been able to gain any knowledge. To return to thofe editions I have pointed out, I fhall fix principally on that of Sauvage, and endeavour to fhew, at the fame time, what opinion .fhould be formed of the black-letter editions which preceded his. If the hiftorian has been accufed of fhewing too great a hatred to the French in feveral parts of his chronicle, the editor has been equally accufed of fhewing too great a partiality for them, by fuppreffing every thing which • M. de St Palaye does not feem to have known all the editions of Froiflart. I have three of different dates from thofe he mentions. 1. A moft fuperb copy on vellum, in four volumes, which originally belonged to the Soufeife. library, purchafed at the iale of the Bibliodieca Pariûana, printed in black letter, by.GuiUaine Euftace, at Paris, 1514. • 2. An edition by Denys Sauvage, in four volumes, printed by Michael Sonnius, Paris, 1574. This had belonged to Mr fecretary Craggs. 3. An edition by Denys Sauvage, in four volumes, printed for Michael de Roigny, Pkris, 1574» This bad belonged to Mr Tyn*hitt. 51


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