Anglicae historiae libri vigintisex. Ab ipso autare postremum iam recogniti adque amussim salva tamen historiae veritate expoliti. ...
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Basileac (Basle): Michael Isingrinium 1546. Folio. Contemp. full vellum with yapp edges. Inked title to spine. (II 618 xxxvipp.). Woodcut device (vignette) on title-page and repeated on verso of last otherwise blank leaf. Rectos of 2nd and 3rd leaves with elaborate woodcut borders & woodcut initials. Some marginalia in a contemporary early hand otherwise a most attractive copy. Polydore Vergil (1470-1555) a native of Urbino lived in England between 1502 and 1551 as a Courtier and Churchman. His English history covers England's mythical beginnings to the reign of Henry VII. Dedicated to Henry VIII it is seen as the beginning of modern English historiography as an important piece of propaganda for the Tudor monarchy and as an influence on Shakespeare's history plays. WITH: The Scholar Press 1972 facsimile of the 1555 edition in Latin. Folio. Red imitation leather (slightly bruised at head of spine). Fine. Total 2 vols.
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