155961 · Lyon
Froissart (1338?–1410?) was a poet and court historian and is best remembered for his famous late medieval chronicle of the house of Valois in France in the 14th century and British history of the same era. The work circulated in manuscript for decades and was first printed in 1499; this mid-16th-century edition is "reveu & corrigeé sus diuers exemplaires, & suyuant les bons auteurs, par Denis Sauuage de Fontenailles en Brie, historiographe du trescrestien roy Henry IIe de ce nom."
These large and lengthy volumes present Froissart's mostly firsthand narrative of weddings, funerals, and notable events including battles from shortly before his birth to 1400. Information for the period before his birth and reaching maturity is based on Flemish writer Jean le Bel's Vrayes Chroniques. Vol. II chronicles events in Flanders down to the Peace of Tournai in 1385. Vol. III moves us from France and Flanders to address events in Spain and Portugal, while IV deals with events leading up to the Battle of Poitiers and Froissart's visit to England.
Each volume has its own title-page with the printer's device and its text is preceded by a "table des chapitres" (and errata in vols. I and II), ending with several pages of notes. The text is printed in roman with handsome=> historiated, exquisitely executed woodcut initials. The printed marginal notes are in italic. The head- and tailpieces exhibit the same high quality of cutting as the initials.
Provenance: The Pacific School of Religion (properly released).
Adams F1066; Grässe, II, 638; Brunet, II, 1405. 18th-century calf with modest gilt triple rule border on boards, rebacked and forecorners of the boards restored; new endpapers. Oval library stamp (as above) on title-page and in the margins of a few text pages only; stamping is minimal. Fore- and bottom margins with old, light dampstaining; upper margins of a few leaves with a small semicircular brown stain; otherwise, an occasional spot or smudge only. Overall, a rather good copy of a standard and still important work => handsomely printed by the royal printer. (Inventory #: 36777)