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1656 1st ed Chronicles of Jean Froissart Medieval French Sleidanus ELZEVIER

The ‘Chronicles’ of Jean Froissart have continually been perceived as an important work on medieval history for centuries, since its inception in the 14th-century. While some of the subjects covered are repetitive and insignificant, many topics are of utmost importance including famous battles, deaths of monarchs, and the Catholic Church Great Schism. According to Adams in the “Manual of Historical Literature,”
"Froissart might be called the great interviewer of the Middle Ages. The newspaper correspondent of modern times has scarcely surpassed this medieval collector of intelligence. He travelled extensively in the various countries of Europe; he conversed with gentlemen of rank everywhere; and he had the remarkable knack of persuading those about him to divulge all he wanted to know. He learned the details of battles from both sides and from every point of view. He delighted in the minutest affairs of every cavalry skirmish, of the capture of every castle, and of every brave action and gallant deed. He lived from 1337 to about 1410, and wrote chiefly of contemporaneous events. The 'Chronicles' are universally considered as the most vivid and faithful picture we have of events in the fourteenth century. As a picture of the most favorable side of chivalry, the work has no equal"

This 1656 Elzevier edition was translated out of the Latin into French by Johannes Sleidanus in the 16th-century and includes his notes and commentary. This edition is also considered a very fine Elzevier edition, and that less beautiful editions had appeared prior. (Willems 1687)

Item number: #1442

Price: $499

FROISSART, Jean

Frossardi, Nobilissimi scriptoris Gallici, Historiarum Opus Omne

Amsterdami: chez Blaeu, 1656. First Elzevier edition.

Details:
•Collation complete with all pages: 664-[42]
•Binding: Leather; tight & secure
•References: Willems 1687; Adams, MHL 334-5
•Language: French
•Size: ~5.5in X 3in (14cm x 8cm)

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1656 1st ed Chronicles of Jean Froissart ELZEVIER

Estimate $1,500 - $3,000Nov 5, 2017