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The Notebook of a 17th c. Puritan Boston Parishioner

AMERICANA. Lynde, Samuel (1653-1721); Allin, Daniel (b. 1688). [Allen, James (1632-1710), Moodey, Joshua (1633-1697); Willard, Samuel (1640-1707); Pemberton, Ebenezer (1671-1717)]
A contemporary manuscript consisting of notes taken on 40 sermons preached by Rev. James Allen (1632-1710), Rev. Joshua Moodey (1633-1697), Rev. Samuel Willard (1640-1707), and Rev. Ebenezer Pemberton (1671-1717) at Boston's First Church and Old South Church (i.e. the "Third Church".)

Boston: 1684-1703

Oblong octavo: [127] pp.

$18,000.00

An extremely fine, extraordinary artifact, providing a unique window into the third phase of American Puritanism: the generation of the Mathers and the new charter, obtained from King William III, that once again gave sweeping powers of home rule to the colonists of Massachusetts, and thus allowed for the resurgence of Puritan control.

The first owner and original compiler of this volume was Samuel Lynde (1653-1721), a prosperous Boston merchant.

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Two "distinctly theatrical texts" by the most celebrated actress of the commedia dell'arte

Andreini Isabella (1562-1604)
Lettere della signora Isabella Andreini. Aggiuntoui di nuouo li ragionamenti piaceuoli dell'istessa. Di nuouo ristampate, & con ogni diligenza ricorrette [With:] Fragmenti di alcune scritture della signora Isabella Andreini, raccolti da Francesco Andreini, e dati in luce da Flamminio Scala.

Venice: Appresso Gio. Battista Combi, 1620

Octavo: 15.5 x 10.5 cm. Two parts in 1 volume: I. [24], 268 pp., 2 blank lvs.; II. 180 pp.

$6,800.00

The first edition of Isabella Andreini's collection of letters appeared in 1607, four years after the author's death, edited by her husband, Francesco. In 1617, with the assistance of Flaminio Scala, Francesco published the "Fragmenti". For a discussion of both works, see below.

"Born in Padua to Venetian parents in 1562, Isabella Andreini (née Canali) would become the most celebrated commedia dell'arte actress of her century by the time of her death in 1604.

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Graesse I, 121; Piantanida 3319

One of the Most Beautiful Emblem Books. The Landwehr Copy

Arias Montanus, Benedictus [Benito Arias Montano] (1527-1598)
Humanae Salutis Monumenta

Antwerp: Christophe Plantin, 1571

Octavo: Collation: A-I8, K4, A-B8.

$19,000.00

Engraved title, engraved portrait medallion of Christ, and 70 engraved emblematic plates. Later calf binding, rebacked, spine renewed, wear to corners. Fine impressions of the plates. Provenance: J.C. Landwehr

A series of beautifully rendered emblems, engraved by Abraham de Bruyn (ca. 1539-1587), Pieter Huys (1520-1577), Jan Wierix (ca. 1549-1615) and his brother Hieronymus Wierix (ca.

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Landwehr 44; cf. Sorgeloos 111; Voet 588

One of the Great Treasure-Houses of Elizabethan and Stuart Drama - Bound with the first edition of the "Wild-Goose Chase"

Beaumont, Francis (1584-1616); Fletcher, John (1579-1625); Massinger, Philip (1583-1640)
Comedies and Tragedies Written by Francis Beaumont and Iohn Fletcher, Gentlemen. Neverprinted [sic!] before and now Published by the Authours Originall Copies.

London: printed for Humphrey Robinson, at the three Pidgeons, and for Humphrey Moseley, at the Princes Armes in St Pauls Church-yard, 1647

$9,500.00

This volume, modeled on the folios of Shakespeare and Ben Jonson, comprises all of the hitherto unpublished plays of Beaumont and Fletcher, with the exception of the "Wild-Goose Chase", which did not see print until 1652. In total there are 34 plays and one masque. Twelve of these are collaborations between Fletcher and Philip Massinger. Two others (Beggars' Bush and Love's Cure) are the work of Beaumont, Fletcher, and Massinger.

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I. Pforzheimer 53; Wing B-1581; II. Pforzheimer 52; Wing B-1616

Behn’s Only Original Volume of Verse

Behn, Aphra (1640-89)
Poems upon Several Occasions with a Voyage to the Island of Love. By Mrs. A. Behn.

London: Printed by R. Tonson and J. Tonson, at Gray 1684

Octavo: 17.6 x 11.5 cm. A8, (b)8, B-K8, L1; B-I8 (L1 bound last)

$18,000.00

The poems of the celebrated Aphra Behn, with nine prefatory poems in praise of Behn and her writings, including one by Thomas Creech and an anonymous poem sometimes attributed to Dryden. Aphra Behn, best known for her contributions to Restoration drama, was the first professional woman writer to produce a substantial body of work in English. “In her own period Behn was held to be a considerable author, famous as a playwright, propagandist poet and panegyrist, novelist, and translator (Janet Todd, ODNB)

“Through her literary life she was writing verses, though these were published in her own volumes primarily in the mid 1680s when she clearly needed money from projects outside the theatre.

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O’Donnell “Aphra Behn, an Annotated Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources” A18.1a; Wing B1757; Term Catalog 2, 73 (Easter 1684) Case “A Bibliography of English Poetical Miscellanies” 1521-1750), 184b

Bunyan’s Evolving Doctrine of Justification & An Attack on the Church of England - The First Edition - Complete With the Engraved frontispiece

Bunyan, John (1628-1688)
A discourse upon the Pharisee and the publicane. Wherein several great and weighty things are handled: as the nature of prayer, and of obedience to the law, with how far it obliges Christians, and wherein it consists: wherein is also shewed the equally deplorable condition of the Pharisee, or hypocritical and self-righteous man, and of the publicane, or sinner that lives in sin, and in open violation of the divine laws: together with the way and method of God’s free-grace in pardoning penetent sinners; proving that he justifies them by imputing Christs righteousness to them. Written by John Bunian, author of the Pilgrims progress

London: Printed for Jo. Harris, at the Harrow, over against the Church in the Poultry, 1685

Duodecimo: 14 x 8 cm. [8], 202 p. A4, B-I12, K7 (with the first blank. Lacking final blank).

$12,500.00

Printed one year after the appearance of the second part of “The Pilgrim’s Progress” and in the same year that the Bedford magistrates ordered penal laws against nonconformists to be enforced, Bunyan’s “Discourse upon the Pharisee and the Publicane” is a fiery critique of the tyranny of the Church of England and of those among his readers who, like the residents of Vanity Fair and the Pharisee in the parable, prided themselves on superficial religiosity.

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ESTC R3995; Wing (2nd ed., 1994), B5512A; Harrison 34

The Most Beautiful Astronomical Atlas of the 17th Century. A Fine Copy in Contemporary Color

Cellarius, Andreas (ca. 1596-1665)
Harmonia Macrocosmica seu Atlas Universalis et Novus, totius universi creati Cosmographiam Generalem, et Novam exhibens.

Amsterdam: Jan Jansson, 1661

53 x 33 cm. 364 pages. Collation: π1 (engraved t.p.), [?]7, (a)-(z)2, (aa)-(hh)2, (ii)1; A-Z2, Aa-Zz2, Aaa-Iii2. Complete with the additional engraved title page, printed title page, and 29 double-page engraved plates.

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The first 21 plates constitute a historical survey of cosmological theories, illustrating the motions of the sun and planets according to Ptolemy, Copernicus and Tycho Brahe. The last eight plates are celestial hemispheres and planispheres depicting the constellations. Ten of the plates (9-11, 13, 15, 16, 18-21) are the work of Johannes van Loon (d. 1686). The allegorical title page is the work of Frederik Hendrik van den Hove (1628/29-1698).

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Bibliographical references: Koeman, Atlantes Neerlandici, I:801B; Ashworth Jr., William B., “Allegorical Astronomy: Baroque Scientists encoded their most Dangerous Opinions in Art”, The Sciences, 25, (1985), nr. 5, 34-37

Cortés Relates the Final Conquest and Destruction of Tenochtitlán - Sir Thomas Phillipps' Copy

Cortés, Hernán (1485-1547)
Tertia Ferdinandi Cortesii … in nova maris oceani Hyspania generalis praefecti praeclara Narratio

Nuremberg: Friedrich Peypus, 1524

Folio: 28.6 x 19.4 cm. 56 leaves: ff. [4] LI, [1].

$55,000.00

Title translation:

"The Third Narration of Fernando Cortés… Captain-General of New Spain, Containing the conquest of the celebrated city of Temixtitan, and the recovery of other provinces which had been lost; in the conquest and recovery of which the Governor and Spaniards gained victories worthy of being remembered; besides which is related how Cortés discovered the South Sea, which we consider the Southern Indian Ocean, and innumerable other provinces abounding in gold mines, pearls, and various kinds of precious stones, and whereby it was made known that they also contain spices.

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Sabin, A Dictionary of Books relating to America, no. 16948. – Harrisse, Bibliotheca Americana Vetustissima, 1866, no. 126; Alden/Landis, European Americana, no. 524/8; Church Catalogue no. 54; The World Encompassed no. 232; Nebenzahl, Atlas of Columbus and the Great Discoveries, p. 76; Streeter sale I, no. 190; A. Delgado-Gomez, Spanish Historical Writing about the New World 1493-1700, exh. cat. JCB Library, Providence 1992, no. 7a; Howgego I, pp. 268-70

An Eclipse produces a Wondrous Egg

ECLIPSES. CURIOSITIES. Rovida, Sebastiano
Figura e Descrizione d’ un Uovo Mirabile, che ha l’ Effigie dell’ Eclissi del Sole Naturalmente improntata su la Superficie des Guscio.

Milan: Appresso Giuseppe Marelli, 1748

Quarto: 24.5 x 18.7 cm. [16] pp.

$3,900.00

A bizarre account of an egg, laid in Borgosesia, diocese of Novara, during a solar eclipse. The author, Sebastiano Rovida, a Novarese "doctor of philosophy and medicine", gives a detailed description of the egg and analyzes the possible causes of this small wonder.

He writes, "During the solar eclipse of July 25, 1748, a chicken laid an egg that had an image of the eclipse upon its shell.

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A Comic Festival on the Frozen Arno

FESTIVALS
Relazione delle feste fatte in Fiorenza sopra il ghiaccio del fiume d'Arno l'ultimo di dicembre 1604.

Florence: Bartolomeo Sermartelli, 1604

Quarto: [16] p. Collation: A-B4

$4,800.00

A marvelous account of festivities held in Florence in 1604 when, for the first time in sixty years, the river Arno froze. The Florentines were at first hesitant to step out onto the ice but soon overcame their fear and began to play ball and devise amusements (such as a "hunt" with cats and rabbits),

Taking advantage of the unusual occurrence, the city organized an elaborate festival that involved dances, ball games, barefoot races, sled jousts, musical performances, a parade, fireworks, and performances in which nobles and illustrious men recited comic and courtly poems.

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A Fantastic Florentine Spectacle: The Victory of the Persian Warrior-Queen Tomyris over Cyrus the Great of Persia

FESTIVALS.
LA VITTORIA DI TOMIRI REGINA DEI MASSAGETI riportata sopra di Ciro primo re di Persia battaglia da rappresentarsi in Firenze sulla piazza di S. Croce da un numero di circa 600. giovani cittadini in aggiunta alle grandiose feste solite farsi in questa città per la Natività del gloriosissimo protettore S. Giovanni Battista nel corrente anno 1772.

Florence: nella stamp. di S.A.R. per Gaetano Cambiagi, 1772

Quarto: 24 p. With a folding engraved plate.

$5,400.00

Extremely rare: Only 2 copies worldwide recorded outside of Italy, neither of them in North America.

A description of a spectacle staged at Florence in June and July 1772, on the occasion of the feast of Saint John the Baptist, the city's patron saint. The main event took the form of a mock battle in Piazza S. Croce with allegorical floats, horses, camels, and two armies made up of over 600 men in costumes designed by Francesco Mainero.

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Ariosto as Operatic Ballet - A Rare Account of a 17th c. Italian Festival - The Feltrinelli Copy

FESTIVALS. Rondinelli, Simone Carlo [Salvadori (Andrea), 1591-1634, librettist] Accademia dei Rugginosi (Florence)
Le Fonti d’Ardenna festa d’arme, e di ballo; fatta in Firenze da dodici Signori Accademici Rugginosi il carneuale dell’anno 1623. Nel principato del Sig. Alessandro del Nero. Inuenzione del Sig. Andrea Saluadori. Descritta dal Rugginoso Percosso

Florence: Pietro Cecconcelli, 1623

$4,800.00

A fascinating and vivid description of ‘The fountains of the Ardennes’, an entertainment that included singing, a tournament on horseback, and dancing, performed by the Accademici Rugginosi in the Palazzo della Gherardesca (Casa Rinaldi), on 3 February 1622 (stile fiorentino). The librettist was Andrea Salvadori, from 1616 to 1628 the principal author of texts for theatrical entertainments at the Florentine court.

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Froissart’s Chronicles - The Bute Copy - In a Contemporary London Binding

Froissart, Jean (1338?-1410?); Bourchier, John, Lorde Berners (1467–1533), translator
Here begynneth the fyrst volum of Syr Iohan Froyssart: of the cronycles of Englande, Fraunce, Spayne, Portyngale, Scotlaude [sic], Bretayne, Flaunders: and other places adioynynge. Translated out of frenche into our materall [sic] Englysshe tonge, by Iohan Bouchier [sic] knyght lorde Berners: at the co[m]maundement of our moste highe redouted souerayne lorde kynge Henry the. viii. kynge of Englande Frau[n]ce, [and] Irelande defe[n]dour of the fayth and of the churche of Englande and also of Irelande in earth the supreme heade

London: In Fletestrete at the sygne of the George by. [Richard Redman, ca. 1535, and] Wyllyam Myddylton, 1542

$35,000.00

Chronicling the Anglo-French wars that took place between the years 1327 and 1400, Jean Froissart’s “Chroniques de France, d'Angleterre et des pais voisins” is an undisputed masterpiece of 14th c. chivalric literature. It was translated into English by John Bourchier, Lorde Berners (1467–1533) at the command of Henry VIII “to remind Englishmen that France was their traditional enemy and to inspire its readers to feats of glory on the battlefield.

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Vol. I: STC 11396.5; ESTC S121320. Vol. II: STC 11397; ESTC S121319

An Impressive Sammelband of Gesner’s Complete Zoological Works. Illustrated with over 1,000 Woodcuts

Gesner (also Gessner), Conrad (1516-1565)
Vogelbuch: darinn die Art, Natur unnd Eigenschafft aller Vöglen, sampt irer waren Contrafactur angezeigt wirdt : allen Liebhabern der Künsten, Artzeten, Maleren, Goldschmiden, Bildschnitzeren, Seydenstickeren, Weydleüten unnd Köchen, nit allein lustig zu erfaren, sunder gantz nutzlich und dienstlich zebrauchen. erstlich durch Doctor Conradt Geßner in Latin beschrieben, neüwlich aber durch Rudolff Heüßlin mit Fleyß in das Teütsch gebracht unnd in eine kurtze Ordnung gestelt.

$38,000.00

A magnificent sammelband, bound in alum-tawed pigskin over beveled wooden boards, lacking one clasp. Binding soiled and with slight wear but still very fine. The boards are ruled and tooled in blind with medallion portrait heads and Biblical figures. The text of all four volumes is in excellent condition. There is one small tear to the lower corner of leaf B2, with loss of a few letters. One of the birds in the first work has been nicely colored by a 16th c.

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VD 16, G 1736, 1729, 1742 und 1745; Nissen 1552, 1555 and 1557

A Classic in The Study of Greek Dance

GIRONI, Robustiano
Le danze dei Greci descritte e pubblicate pel faustissimo imeneo di Sua Altezza Imperiale e Reale il Serenissimo Principe Ranieri Arciduca d’Austria, ecc. ecc. ecc. e Viceré del Regno Lombardo-Veneto con Sua Altezza Serenissima la Principessa Elisabetta di Savoia-Carignano, ecc. ecc.,

Milan: dall’Imperiale Regia Stamperia, 1820

Folio, 4 leaves, 68 pages, with 6 engraved plates with contemporary coloring.

$6,800.00

THE RARE, SOLE EDITION of this landmark in the history of illustration, typography, and the historical study of dance. The book was published in an edition of only 80 copies on the occasion of the marriage between the Archduke Ranieri of Habsburg, Viceroy of the Lombardo-Venetian Kingdom, and the Princess Elisabetta of Savoy-Carignano.

Robustiano Gironi (1769-1838) was a man of letters and a public official of the Milanese State under both Napoleonic and Austrian rule.

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References: Blackmer 693; Lipperheide 185; Magriel, Bibliography of Dancing, p. 81; G.G. Fagioli Vercellone, s.v. ‘Gironi, Robustiano’, DBI 56 (2001); G. Pucci, Per un’archeologia del gesto: la reinvenzione moderna della danza antica, «Classico Contemporaneo» 2 (2016), 25-40; Encyclopedia.com, s.v. ‘Neoclassicism’.

With 19 Full-page Anatomical Engravings. The Very Rare First Edition

Guillemeau, Jacques (1550?-1613)
Tables anatomiques avec les pourtraicts et declaration d'iceulx ensemble un denombrement de cinq cens maladies diverses au roy par Jac. Guillemeau d'Orleans, chirurgien du Roy & juré a Paris.

Paris: chez Jean Charron A l'Arche rue Sainct Jacques, 1586

Quarto: 30.6 x 20.3 cm. [12], 105, [2] p. *6, A-I6 (with two additional blanks as in the Getty copy.)

$45,000.00

Jacques Guillemeau served as physician to no fewer than six kings of France, first as assistant to his mentor Ambroise Paré and then as official Royal Surgeon. Remarkably, Guillemeau performed autopsies on two of those six monarchs, Charles IX in 1574 (under the direction of Paré) and Louis XIII in 1610. Guillemeau was himself the son of a surgeon, and his own son, Charles (b. 1588) continued in this tradition, ably working alongside his father.

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Choulant-Franck, History and Bibliography of Anatomic Illustration, p. 213; Mortimer, Harvard French 267; Norman 256; Haller: I, 258; Pettegree et al., French Vernacular Books, No. 24375

The First Dutch Emblem Book - Illustrated by Jacques de Gheyn

Heinsius, Daniel ("Theocritus a Ganda") (1580-1655); Jacques de Gheyn II (ca. 1565-1629), artist
Emblemata Amatoria, Iam demum emendata.

Amsterdam: Dirck Pietersz, 1608

Oblong octavo: 15.6 x 19.8 cm. [64] pp. Collation: A-H4

$18,000.00

Very rare 1608 edition of the first emblem book in Dutch. The poem, "Aen de ioncvrovwen van Hollandt," is signed "Theocritus a Ganda”(a pseudonym for Heinsius, who was from Ghent.) The 24 engraved circular emblematic illustrations are surrounded by Latin distichs, with those for the first and eighth emblems signed by Hugo Grotius. The last two poems are signed D.H. for Daniel Heinsius.

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De Vries at 23; Lanwehr, Low Countries, at 281; Praz at 364

Heinsius’ Dutch Poems - Illustrated with 66 Engraved Emblems. A Fine Copy in Contemporary Vellum

Heinsius, Daniel (1580-1655)
Nederduytsche Poemata; by een vergadert en uytgegeven door P[etrus]. S[criverius].

Amsterdam: Willem Jansz. Blaeu, 1616

Quarto: 21.8 x 16.5 cm. 2 parts in one volume. a-c4, A-K4, L6, A6, A-B4, C6, D-H4 (with blank H4 present)

$15,000.00

One of the most important early works of vernacular Dutch poetry. The emblems are based on those in two of Heinsius’ earlier works, “Het Ambacht van Cupido” and “Emblemata Amatoria”, but here they are rendered in entirely new engravings by Crispijn de Passe, his sons Crispijn and Simon, Michel le Blon (after Jacob de Gheyn), and Jacob Matham (after David Vinckboons.

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Lanwehr, Low Countries, at 196; Praz at 96. Provenance: Albert Verwey, poet, with his bookplate; Jan Steenks, with his bookplate.

The First Illustrated Edition of Horace (1498)

Horace. Horatius Flaccus, Quintus (65-8 B.C.)
Opera cu[m] quibusdam Annotat[i]o[n]ib[us]. Imaginibusq[ue] pulcherrimis aptisq[ue] ad Odarum conce[n]tus & sente[n]tias.

Strasbourg: Johann Reinhard, called Grüninger, 12 March, 1498

Folio: 298 x 222 mm. Collation: [*]6, A-V6, X-Z6, AA-II6, KK-LL8; [**]6

$60,000.00

This copy is partially rubricated and is annotated, in Latin, throughout in at least two contemporary hands. The early annotations are intact, having been spared by the binder’s knife, and consist of metrical notations, citations from other authors, and comments. There are also two glosses in Greek (leaves S6v and FF1r) as well as an apparent note in German (leaf FF6). An added manuscript index for the “Epistolae” is bound after the final text leaf.

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Hain 8898; Goff H 461; BMC I, 112; Polain 1989; Proctor 485; Walsh 182; Fairfax Murray (German) 205; Rosenwald Collection 188; Dibdin, Bibl. Spenceriana II, 87-95. For Grüninger, his illustrated books, and Locher’s edition of Horace, see Mark Morford, Johann Grüninger of Strasbourg in “Syntagmatia: Essays on Neo-Latin Literature in Honour of Monique Mund-Dopchie and Gilbert Tournoy (Humanistica Lovaniensia, XXVI) 2009

The Vision of Piers Plowman. In A Contemporary London Binding

Langland, William (1330?-1400?)
The vision of Pierce Plowman, nowe the seconde time imprinted by Roberte Crowley dwellynge in Elye rentes in Holburne. Whereunto are added certayne notes and cotations in the mergyne, geuynge light to the reader. And in the begynning is set a briefe summe of all the principall matters spoken of in the boke. And as the boke is deuided into twenty partes called passus: so is the summary diuided, for euery parte hys summarie, rehearsynge the matters spoken of in euerye parte, euen in suche order as they stande there.

Imprinted at London: by [Richard Grafton for] Roberte Crowley, dwellyng in Elye rentes in Holburne, The yere of our Lord, 1550

Quarto: 19 x 14 cm. [8], Cxvii leaves. Collation: *4 [par.]4 A-Z4, Aa-Ff4, Gg2 (with the final blank leaf present)

$27,500.00

“Few poems of the Middle Ages have had a stranger fate than those grouped under the general title of “The Vision of William concerning Piers the Plowman.” Obviously very popular in the latter half of the fourteenth century, the time of their composition, they remained popular throughout the fifteenth century, were regarded in the sixteenth by the leaders of the Reformation as an inspiration and a prophecy, and, in modern times, have been quoted by every historian of the fourteenth century as the most vivid and trustworthy source for the social and economic history of the time.

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STC 19907; Grolier, Langland to Wither, No. 154; cf. Pforzheimer 798 (the other “Second Edition” of 1550). For the binding, see Oldham, English Blind-Stamped Bindings, Plate XLVII, Roll no. 782.

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