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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
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las, which r cannot pais over, exceedingly handfome bindings, covered with gilt foliage and decorations, with variegated leather on red, as if inlaid,—fo fkilfully gilt, that able bookbinders declare and admire them for mafter-pieces. • On the- reverie fide of the title-leaf of the firft volume ftands a ihort poem of the publiiher to one P. Camin at Cambray, the birth-place of Monftrelet. In the dedication to the king the work is praifed : the great rarity of the firft edition, with gothic letters noticed as an occafion for this* new one, and afliftance requefted on account of the printing expenfes-The preface of the author commences with an eulogium of the beginning: of Salluft. Bell. Catil. on heroic deeds; he then fpeaks of himfelf,— of his youth,—and of this work as a continuation of Froiflartv which, commences with the year 1400, the firft yolume of which ends with the: death of king Charles VI. the 22éOétober 1-422L In this volume are fmalL feélions numbered as chapters, in the others they are omitted. The preface: to the fécond volume is fimilar to the firft. This ends*with May 1444. The third volume has no preface. Mbnftrelet's work, ends* leaf 18 V with the year 1467. Hereupon follows, on leaf 132, the preface of an. anonymous handr who pledges himfelf to be willing to live and die as a, true Frenchman ; and advertifes, that having read Gaguinfs, FroiflàrtV and Monftrelet's Chronicles, he had undertaken to continue them. As. a beginning, he makes fome additions to Monftrelet, and concludes the whole at Oétober 1516, under king Francis.I. The tide of the columns of leaf 132 is in thefe terms : * Autres nouvelles Chroniques nouvellement additionées.9 Thefe addition» are no new work, but the beginning, as far as leaf 135- k excepted,, tranfcribed verbatim from, the Mer des. Hift. .et Cron. de France, viz. from Chron.. leaf 135. b.. as fer as.leaf 208. a., the remainder of the firft divifion of the Mer des Hift. vol.- iv. fol. 218. 288, and leaf 208. b. as far as to the end of the wbole fécond divifion of the Mer. des Hift. vol. iv- According to Le Long,, p. 377. N..7416, and Lengkt,. T. iv..p..6L. there are three editions of this, work. 1. Paris, by Verard, 1498, three volumes folio.-^2. Paris, Le Noir, 1512, folio.—3. With the continuation^ as far'as 1516, and correéted, two volumes in.folio, JPtaia, 1572p um.r

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