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HALL, Edward (1499?--1547)
[The union of the two noble and illustre famelies. 1550]
The vnyon of the twoo noble and illustre famelies of Lancastre & Yorke, beyng long in continuall discension for the croune of this noble realme, with al the actes done in both the tymes of the princes, both of the one lynage & of the other, beginnyng at the tyme of kynge Henry the fourthe, the first aucthor of thys deuision, and so successiuely proceding to ye raygne of the hygh and prudent prince kynge Henry the eyghte, the indubitate floure and very heyre of both the sayed linages.
[London]: 1550.
[4], CClx; lix; lxi, [1]; lxxxxij, lxxxxij--lxxxxvj, lxxxxviii--cii, cii--cvii, cix--cxiiii, cxiiii--cxviii, cxx--cxlx, cl--clv, clv--clvii, clix--cclxiii, [1], [12] leaves : wdcut illus. ; 28.0 cm. (4º)

Anonymous. By Edward Hall, whose name appears on A2r. Hall's work ended with 1532, and was continued from his notes to the death of Henry VIII by Richard Grafton, who first published it in 1548. Along with the previous editions, it was prohibited by act of Parliament in 1555; no complete copy of the first edition survives the burning. Title within elaborate engraved genealogical frame. 'The pitifull life of kyng Edwarde the. v.", 'The politique gouernaunce of Kyng Henry the. vii.', and 'The triumphaunt reigne of Kyng Henry the. VIII.' (caption titles) each begin new foliation. Woodcut of Henry the Eighth in council on leaf XXX5v with caption 'God saue the Kyng'. With the title-page of the 1548 edition at the end: 'Londini: In Officina Richardi Graftoni Typis Impress. Cvm Privilegio Ad Imprimendvm Solvm. Anno M.D. XLVIII'. A variant of STC 12721--12723a. Some leaves of the indexes were printed by Steven Mierdman, and some sheets were printed by John Mychell in 1548; John Kingston, 1560?; and/or John Cawood? ca. 1570? (STC addendum). Copies were made up from various combinations of sheets, with no clear ideal configuration. For details of printing history see STC addendum (p. 278, addendum to p. 557², and the note to 12723a). The text is continuous and complete despite misfoliation, as follows: in the first sequence leaves ccxlv and ccxlviii are misnumbered 'ccxliiii' and 'ccxlvii'; in the second sequence, leaves xxix and xxxi are misnumbered 'xxii' and 'xxx'; in the third sequence, leaves vi, viii, xvii, xix and li are misnumbered 'v', 'iiii', 'xivi', 'xxv' and 'l'; in the fourth sequence, leaf x is misnumbered 'xi', leaves lxxxvii, lxxxix and lxxxx are misnumbered 'lxxxvi', 'lxxxviii' and 'lxxxix', leaves cxii, cxxvi and cxliii are misnumbered 'cxi', 'cxvxi', and 'cxl', and leaves clxii, clxxxv and ccxxxv are misnumbered 'clxi', 'clxxxvi' and 'ccli'. Signatures: piA4, A8, B-M6, N8, O-Z6, Aa-Ff6, Gg8, Hh-Qq6, Rr8(-R8), AA-II6 KK6(-K6), aaa-iii6, kkk8(-8), AAa-ZZz6, AAA-XXX6, [YYY-ZZZ6]. ESTC s122931.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the twelve leaves of the index and without the 'tables' following the reign of each king. Last line of O1 blurred in printing. Inscribed in pencil on fly leaf: £7-17-6 / Collated & Perfect. J.M. The title-page, with the title annotated in ink written by Grafton, is laid down on a backing leaf which is inscribed in ink on the verso: Paid John Smith for this and Fabians / Chronicle £10 -- underneath an earlier inscription crossed through: Peter Swaine his booke by my mothers gift 1660. Pen strokes on first page of the preface. Further inscriptions in ink: Latin marginalia, on F1r; marginalia in English on N5r; inscription on Ll4v; Walter Clarke on KK5v; inscribed J. John and J. John Gulliver on ZZz1v. Inscription (shelfmark?) Aa [over] M on final free-endpaper.

Binding C17th full red morocco, Harleian-style gilt-tooled borders and edges, gilt-panelled spine with acorns and fleur-de-lys, marbled endpapers.

Reference Number 944


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