Biondi, Sir Francis [and Henry Earle of Monmouth, Trans.].
An History of the Civil VVarres of England, Between the two Houses of Lancaster and Yorke.
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The originall whereof set down in the life of Richard the second; the proceedings in the lives of Henry the fourth, the fifth and sixth, Edward the fourth and fifth, Richard the third, and Henry the seventh in whose dayes they had a happy period. Written in Italian in three Volumes, by Sir Francis Biondi, Knight, Gentleman of the Privie Chamber to His Majesty of Great Britain. Englished by the Right Honourable Henry Earle of Monmouth, in two volumes. London: John Benson, 1641. First edition (pp. translator’s epistle, author’s epistle, royal genealogies, introduction, errata; 162, 175). Small folio (29 cm) in full calf, six raised bands, gilt title and decoration to spine; various embellishments throughout— head and tail pieces and the like. With signature of William Owen, noted bibliophile, dated 1661, and bookplate of the library at Porkington (Welshed as ‘Brogyntyn’) Hall, the seat of the Owen family in the seventeenth century and later. Absent frontispieces of the two volumes and title page of volume II, old binding repairs. Still, an attractive copy of a now scarce book.
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