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



Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Memoirs of the life of Sir John Froissart
page 106

'Tdfmn was onfoHhlly the moi: fought after in our ancient fin» books* The writing is Gothict very clean through all the volumes*, with inné- abbreviations; and when we have made ourfelves acquainted-with the old French orthography^ "through but one couple of pages, it may be eally «td. The ink is beautifully black, but in fome places-become pale, partly of itfelf, partly where die leaves formerly, through nconfiderate laying up, have received creafe% whkh by no inetiMMi known to me can be brought out All the pages- are divided, into-columns, each column* three inches and a half broad, and lengthways* with fine pak red iocs divided kto M lines; each of thefe divisions* into three lines and one-half.. Every leaf is fixteen inches, and a half long, one foot broad (Paris meafure)r with broad margins hard by the cutting kngth^ways^ and underneath*. All the initial Jette» of the chapters, and' alfo of the fmaUer fe£Kon^ frequently of a- few «line^. even in each of the volumes the prefixed contents of the chapters arc quadrilaterally bordered, coloured, and magnificently gilt and burailhed^ In the text, the {paces at the end of fmaUer feétions are filled up with inch like reélangulaf • decorations.. In proper* names, alfo the beginnings* •f periods, the capital letters have not all been-accurately employed : it is alfo not wildly free from aâual miftakes. Of marks of diftinâion, fometiineB-a larger point is only admitted, mod frequently a very fine, comma* Over die i an oblique Érokcr as fine, is often miffing, which universally reprefenteci the place of die points» The apoftrophe has notât all been ufed.. The numerous paintings, which give to dûs manufcript the greatefi. iffitmot, by means of fine white paper interieaved, thoi^ghit is incredible low innumerably they exhibit themfelves*. and have alfo been, in part, much ufed, and even mifiifed,. are very well* prefcrved. They aim admired: by all cennoifiburs and artifb, on account of the very fine ftrokes of the pencil, the lively coloras» accurate drawing, partly grey on agrcy ground,, with mm and lories (the vifages, dirent drefiings and houfings,. excepted), though alfo very much fpotted, and, with flight obfervance; of die rules of a rigid perfpeétive. The largeft take up one-third o£ a column,, with one fingle, and at the fame time fiat, gilt frame, fome-half apage^whkh cafe the whole m cœœ^lid.wMi^ Anbdqpcs fiilLaff

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