London: Ar. Hatfield for I. Norton, 1601. Second Edition in English. Leather_bound (Vellum). Folio. 364 pages. Bound in contemporary vellum, with 12 sewn loops also of vellum. Manuscript title to spine. Fabulous title page with coat of arms at top and large beehive device to bottom. Elaborate historiated capital letters. One major difference in this second English edition and the first (1596) is the presence, in this edition, of printed marginal notes throughout the text. Divided into eight books, with 17 pp. of genealogical tables at the rear. Very occasional instances of ink underlining of a word. Apart from the titlepage which is a bit soiled, the majority of text is clean, bright, and the entire volume, still quite strongly bound. Very Good. Item #76765
Philippe de Commines [1447-1511] was brought up in the Burgundian Court under Charles the Bold, serving him as a diplomat and soldier, then as a diplomat to Louis XI. His memoirs are a major source for the 15th Century (history). Commines has been called "the first critical and philosophical historian since classical times" (Oxford Companion to English Literature). Neither a chronicler nor a historian in the usual sense of the word, his analyses of the contemporary political scene are what made him virtually unique in his own time. [Wikepedia].