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Chronicles of England, France, Spain, and The Adjoining Countries, from The latter part of the Reign Of Edward II to the Coronation of Henry IV.

It is translated from the French by Thomas Johnes. An attractive presentation of Jean Froissart's (ca 1337 - ca 1405) seminal history of Europe, initially written in the late 14th century. This work is recognized as one of the most important accounts of the Hundred Years War and the chivalric tradition of 14th century England and France.

London: William Smith, 1839.
London: William Smith, 1839.

Two volumes bound in 3/4 red calf over cloth-covered boards. Marbled endpapers. Top edges gilt. Panelled spines with gilt lettering and armorial designs. Nearly fine. BOUND TOGETHER WITH: Illuminated Illustrations of Froissart. Selected from the Ms. in the Bibliotheque Royale Paris"; and "Illuminated Illustrations of Froissart. Selected From The MS. In The British Museum" William Smith, London 1844. There are 36 hand-coloured plates in each volume, 72 in all, copied from the original manuscripts by H. NOEL HUMPHREYS bound initially as two separate volumes. The illuminated and printed title pages and a page of advertisement for each volume of illuminations are bound-in at the end of the respective text volumes. A list of plates is bound into each volume behind the table of contents. A page of descriptive notes accompanies each plate. The advertisement suggests to the reader that the plates might be bound into a copy of the Smith edition of the "Chronicles," and indeed, that is the case with this lovely set. The date at the foot of the spine on the two volumes is 1889, the year this set was assembled. Occasional light peripheral foxing to some plates most are crisp and clean. The text is clean as well. McLean describes this as Humphreys' first published work as an illustrator and on p.99 of "Victorian Book Design" states: "The illustrations after manuscript drawings somewhat crudely lithographed and hand-coloured are poor compared to his later work." The "s" in "Paris" on one illuminated title page to be reversed. A fine melding of four volumes into a monumental work seldom found in this presentation. Coloured plates in order: Volume 1. 1. Frontis. Froissart in his Study. 2. Title page. 3. Isabella, Queen of Edward II, on her voyage to England, with Sit John Hainault. 4. Bristol surrenders to Queen Isabella &c. 5. Execution of Sir Hugh Spencer. 6. Coronation of Edward III, on Christmas day 1326. 7. Robert Bruce sends defiance to Edward III. 8. Edward III takes Berwick. 9. Jacob van Arteveld holding his state in Ghent. 10. Lord Charles of Blois obtains possession of the town of Jugon. 11. Sir Godfrey de Harcourt encounters the men of Amiens on their way to Paris. 12. The funeral of Philip of Valois, King of France. 13. The Battle of Poitiers. 14. Edward III before Rheims. 15. The Duke of Burgundy and his Army. 16. The Battle of Montiel. 17. The Earl of Pembroke attacked by the Spanish Fleet before La Rochelle. 18. Evan of Wales assassinated before Mortmain-sur-Mer. 19. The Queen of Naples visits Pope Clement in Rome. 20. The beheading of Silvester Budes. 21. The Funeral of Jehan de Lyon. 22. The Duke of Brittany and his Barons. 23. The Earl of Flanders receives the men of Ghent. 24. The Ear of Flanders directing the Repairs of Oudenarde. 25. The Duke of Brittany and the Earl of Buckingham concerting the Seige of Nantes. 26. Combat between Nicholas Clifford and a French Knight. 27. Messire Josse de Hallebin, killed before Ghent. 28. John Ball Preaching. 29. Interview on the Thames between Richard II and the Insurgents. 30. The Murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury. 31. The Canon of Robesaet takes Jaffre. 32. The Earl of Flanders soliciting the aid of Charles VI of France. 33. Philip van Arteveld preaching. 34. The Battle of Rosebecque. 35. Illuminations from the MS Froissart in the Bibliotheque Royale, Paris, and other sources. Volume 2. 36. Frontis. A female attendant serving wine to a groom. 37. The taking of Oudenarde, by Francis Artemen. 38. Galeas of Milan surprises and imprisons his Uncle. 39. The retaking and surrender of the strong Castle of Ventadour. 40. Proclamation of the renewal of the truce between the Kings of France and England, after the King of France's recovery. 41. The Marriage of King Louis, son of the Duke of Anjou, to the Daughter of King Peter of Arragon. 42. The Journey of Charles VI of France and his brother the Duke of Touraine from Montpelier in Paris. 43. The Coronation of Pope Boniface at Rome after the death of Urban VI. 44. Tournament held at St. Inglevere, near Calais, where three French Knights defend the lists for thirty days against all comers from England and elsewhere. 45. The expedition of the French and English to the coast of Africa, at the request of the Genoese. 46. The attack on the Town of Africa. 47. The raising of the Siege of the strong Town of Africa and the return of the European Knights. 48. The sudden death of Count Gaston de Foix. 49. The meeting of Charles VI of France and the Duke of Brittany at Tours. 50. The attack on Sir Oliver de Clisson by the followers of Sir Peter de Craon. 51. Sir Peter de Craon received by the Duke of Brittany. 52. The Dukes of Burgundy &Berri; siting in Council, as Regents during the illness of Charles VI of France. 53. Evan de Foix, burnt to death at a masked dance at the Hotel de St. Pol. 54. The death of Pope Clement of Avignon. 55. Jehan de Varennes Preaching. 56. The death of Anne of Bohemia, Queen of Richard II. 57. Richard II setting out upon his invasion of Ireland. 58. Sit John Froissart presenting his book of Love Poems to Richard II. 59. The vision of Robert L'Ermite. 60. The liberation of the Lord de la Riviere. 61. The reconciliation of Sir Oliver de Clisson and the Duke of Brittany. 62. The Kings of Hungary in Council with his Lords and those of France before crossing the Danube to invade Turkey. 63. William of Hainault, Count d' Ostrevant, setting out on his expedition against Friesland. 64. The King of France receiving the Intelligence of the defeat in Turkey. 65. The Duchess of Orleans quitting Paris. 66. The Duke of Gloucester and Sir John Lackingay. 67. The arrest of the Duke of Gloucester. 68. Interview of King Richard II with his Uncle the Duke of Gloucester, at his Castle of Pleshy. 69. The ransom payment for the Count of Nevers and his fellow prisoners. 70. The Emperor of Germany and the King of France sitting in Council upon the state of the Church of Rome. 71. The interview of the Archbishop of Canterbury, with the Earl of Derby, at Paris. 72. The Coronation of Henry IV. 73. The landing of the Lady de Coucy at Boulogne, on her return from England, in the year 1399. 74. The funeral of Richard II.