Colonne, Guido delle (c. 1287) The Life and Death of Hector. One, and the First of the Most Puissant, Valiant, and Renowned Monarches of the World, Called the Nyne Worthies. London: Thomas Purfoot, 1614. First edition under this title, small folio, large decorative title page woodcut compartment with female embodiments of Wisdom and Science, shields for each of the four continents, the royal arms of James I, and a scholar at his desk, contemporary signatures of James and Elizabeth Calthorpe, and Edward Palmer on title, title with a defect to the bottom inner corner repaired on verso; bound in later speckled boards, rebacked, spotty discoloration to bottom inner corner throughout, 11 1/4 x 7 1/4 in.
"A modernized verse paraphrase of the Troy Book of John Lydgate, which was in turn 'a very much amplified version of the prose Latin Historia destructionis Troiae of Guido delle Colonne, in turn a condensed version of the Roman de Troie of Benoît de Sainte More." (Quoted from "Lydgate's Troy Book," Early English Text Society, extra series 97, p. ix.)
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