Matthaeus Westmonasteriensis [based on Matthew Paris (1200-1259) compiled by Archbishop Matthew Parker]
FLORES HISTORIARUM per Matthaeum Westmonasteriensem Collecti, Praecipue de rebus Britannicis ab exordio mundi usque ad Annum Domini 1307.
1570 2nd June (from colophon)
Fine engraved Titlepage with allegorical figures (described in McKerrow & Ferguson, Title-page Borders used in England & Scotland 1485-1640 no. 132a) + woodcut initials throughout.
2 PARTS IN ONE Folio (20x28mm) worn & defective calf on original boards, later reback on 5 cords with remains of gilt title. Titlepage + +440 Book I +466 Book II +pp Index +pp errata +p blank (complete). Titlepage browned & frayed at edges with slight loss of outer printed rule (repaired & relaid), next 4 leaves edge-browned, light brown damp-stain in gutter of pp.1-94 and some later pages, occasional old ink stains & neat marginal comments notably on Index pages, otherwise crisp & clean. *Book I (up to year 1066) follows the Historia Major of Matthew Paris, Book II is an abridgement from the same work with additions, covering 1067-1307. The Historia Major was based on an earlier work by Roger of Wendover also known as "Flores Historiarum", probably based in turn on an earlier St. Albans chronicle - see Vaughan, Matthew Paris, Cambridge 1958 (signatures as in STC 17653a.3).
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