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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 139



htm a Bibliotheca BuUellùtna9 Paris 1711, oétavo, p. 661. a fécond Parte; Ewfiace 1514. Folio four volumes. Finally, from the Britifh Librarian, Lond. 1738. oétavo, p. 73. one copy, T. i. with the name £. Jbymntff,-T. ii. in. -with the name Mkkel k N§ir9 1505, T. iv. chez Jem Petit, 1518. When all thefe notices are properly combined, the hiftory of thefe Parifian Fublifhers and Printers in Maittaire compared therewith, and the editions with gothic letters regulated thereafter, the following is the refult : 1. Of the firft editions, T. i. n. m. without date, by Ant. Verard, which were printed for his own publication and Francis Reynault'S ; and T. IF. which was printed the firft time, 1513, for Reynault, probably by Le Noir, are come down to us ; whereupon Verard got his, T. iv. 1518, printed by Petit. Hence the notice of two editions by Verard and Petit appears in Baylc. 2. Michael le Noir has printed all the four volumes, with the date fet on T. i. 1503, II. in. 1505, all for William Euftace's publication. Thefe are the three volumes in Le Long, Lenglet and Hyde. But T. iv. with the date 1513, for Reynault's publication, as already fuppofed, and with the date 1514, for Euftace's publication, is the fécond edition. 3. The third edition, 1530, of Galliot du Pré, is come to us printed by Anthony Couteau, Maittairefs Remarks, T. m. p. 579. not.«. That .thefe authors, in their circumftantial accounts of Parifian Publifhers and Printers who have publifhed and printed Froiflàrt, nothing concerning him perfonally occurs, which is a demonftration of the great rarity of thefe editions. According to Hamberger, p. 642. he was to give a notice of this, T. v. p. 411.; but this complete work, fo indifpcnfable, but extremely fcarce, I have not yet at hand. . 4. Sauvage's edition was therefore the fourth, or rather, according to his own affurance, the fécond ; and in the judgment of Le Long, and of Lenglet, T. n. p. 504. the moft beautiful and die fcarceft ; which judgment Vogt, p. 291, and Freytag App. lit. T. u p. 342. have repeated. It is not in faét the fcarceft, although fo little common, that monf. profeflbr .Schrokh, in the annotations on Guthrie, volume *x. part i. page 350. 139


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