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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 143

IL. To this copy ten leaves of vol. i. are wanting: all the reft as. in-, the-foregoing. Two volumes in folio.. This,, though not a complète copy of "Sàuvagefs edition, ranks likewife-under the remarkable books of * the Library. In the firft Sikfian war the* french ambaflàdor to the court of Vienna, the duke of NivernoiSj had' inquiries made after it of our magHtrate, by the french ambaflàdor to the pruflian court, the marquis de Valori, and whether a collated tranfeript of the manufcript with Sauvage's, edition, and Rehdiger's variations, might not be obtained for a compenfation in* money. King- Frederic II.. feconded this propofal, through the baron von Bielefeld; and* M. von Jordan, whereupon the late chief burgomafter, and fenior counfellor, M.. von Sommerflberg, commiffionedthe kte-previncial'and high court folioter,. Ferdinand Chriftian Stief, on account of his great knowledge of the french language, to undertake this tafk. This man took an able linguift to hit afliftance, commenced the collation of the greater part of the firft volume of the printed copy, to wit, as far as the firft volume of the manufcript goes, which has been noticed above, together with the variations, and it was fent to the ambafladbr at Vienna. This ambaflador afked the late Stief, under his own hand; for the continuation for the fecond volume, which he had alfo completed, as far as p. 8. vol. m. He • laboured no farther, nor was the collation of the fecond volume fent for, nor a reward ever thought of.* His two brothers, ftill living, have beftowed this remainder of the- Salvagian edition, with all "the variations of the fecond volume, and of the commencement of the third, upon the Library, as a very important prefent. Thefe variations make feveral fingle leaves and layers ditched together, and are legibly written. I only regret that they do not extend to the whole of the third volume, as. ?4*

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