The Pastime of People, or, the Chronicles of Divers Realms; and most especially of the Realm of England.
by [DIBDIN, Thomas Frognall, ed.].
Briefly compiled, and imprinted in Cheapside, by John Rastell, [A.D. 1529.] Now First Reprinted, and systematically arranged, with Fac-simile Wood-cut of the Portraits of Popes, Emperors, &c. and the Kings of England. 18 fine full-page woodcuts of the early kings of England by John Nesbit, one headpiece, & a number of small woodcuts in the text. viii, 299,  pp. Large 4to, fine cont. dark green morocco (some foxing), signed "Clarke & Bedford," sides richly gilt with roll-tooled & dentelle borders, spine richly gilt, a.e.g. London: F.C. & J. Rivington, et al., 1811. [bound with]:ARNOLD, Richard. The Customs of London, otherwise called Arnold's Chronicle; containing, among divers other matters, the Original of the Celebrated Poem of the Nut-Brown Maid. Reprinted from the First Edition, with the Additions included in the Second. [Edited by Francis Douce]. lii, 300 pp. Large 4to. London: F.C. & J. Rivington, et al., 1811. First editions of these handsome scholarly editions, edited, respectively, by Dibdin and Francis Douce, both great students of early English literature. Jackson describes Dibdin's edition, limited to 500 copies on regular paper, as "useless" [my fingers ache as I type that] but notes the woodcuts by John Nesbit are "pretty faithful copies of the original." Fine copies. As is often the case, the quarter-page facsimile on the verso of the title-page is not present (like the Barlow copy). Armorial bookplate of Christopher Turnor. Bookplate of Major J.R. Abbey (his sale, Sotheby's, 21 June 1965, lot 48). ❧ Jackson 30. Windle & Pippin A19. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5278)
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