07-20-2018 07-20-2018
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3117B Boston
July 20, 2018 12:00 PMCalender

Fabyan, Robert (d. 1513) Chronicle.

Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 3117B Location: Boston Date / Time: July 20, 2018 12:00PM


Fabyan, Robert (d. 1513) Chronicle. [London: Printed by Richard Grafton for John Reynes, dwellynge at the sygne of saynte George in Pauls churcheyarde, 1542]. Folio, third edition continuing the Chronicle up to the year 1541, (variant, possible earlier version or pirated edition) two parts bound in one volume, on the first title, only the compartment was printed, with no text inside, with printer's initials WR at the feet of the two flanking columns (McKerrow & Ferguson 20); this copy seems to vary from either 1542 edition cataloged in ESTC as it has no title, printer information, or date on the first title, no colophon information in either volume, and no printer information or imprint date on divisional title for the second volume; bound in later blind-tooled boards, gilt-tooled spine, resewn, marginal paper repairs to preliminary and final leaves, some other scattered defects and repairs, some contemporary manuscript annotations, text printed in black letter throughout, lacking one text leaf in the second volume: (Aaa6, page 288/289), 11 1/2 x 7 3/4 in.

"The present copy is an example of this third edition (1542). In addition to a continuation of the history to 1541, significant alterations were made to earlier events to conform to Protestant sensibilities. The pope became 'bishop of Rome,' King Henry II lost his moniker of 'hammer of the Holy Church,' and Thomas Becket was not 'martyred' to become a 'blessed saynt,' he was 'murdered' because he was a 'traitorous bishop.' A fourth edition, printed in Catholic Marian England, reverted to the former text." (http://clarklibrary.ucla.edu/collections/tudor/chrzanowski/title-list/1542f/)

A6, B4, a-x6, y8, z6, A-E6, *6, aa-zz6, Aaa5 (lacking Aaa6), Bbb-Sss6.
Estimate $4,000-6,000

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