London: Felix Kyngston,  1610. Leather-bound (Vellum). Vellum. Octavo with red leather spine label with title in gilt. Covers show soiling and wear along outer hinge, spine label bright. Textblock square, binding tight. 769 pages. NOTE: INCOMPLETE: Lacks A1-7, B, ZZ1, ZZ8, EE2-LLL6. Three parts only of Four. Title page to second book bound in as front title page. Five woodcut illustrations and numerous decorative woodcut letters. Many of the front margins show letters of the alphabet, repeated in a flourished hand, primarily in the margins, as if someone is practice penmanship, and occasionally, to doodle. A number of 18th century signatures,including "Samuel Lomas, and other members of his family (John, James, and Richard) and geographical areas , Canterbury, Lancashire,and "Poolton" (Probably Poulton-le-Fylde).James write "his book." and dates it 1760. Text is overall clean, a few pages have a tape repair to edge, general toning and occasional foxing. It seems fairly clear that this book was valued as a family heirloom and passed down generation to generation, as evidenced by the plethora of names and varying dates, but as well, by extremely careful repairs of worm traces on several pages. Good. Item #81789
"A Mirror for Magistrates is a collaborative collection of poems in which the ghosts of eminent statesmen recount their downfalls in first-person narratives called ‘tragedies’ or ‘complaints’ as an example for magistrates and others in positions of power... Many contemporary dramatists – including Shakespeare – were inspired by its procedures for drawing lessons for the present from historical figures; its mixing of historical narrative with a focus on the individual; and its mixing of Christian rhetoric with tropes from Classical tragedy. The poem is written in rhyme royal, a verse form introduced by Chaucer and popular in the late Middle Ages, but slightly dated by the Elizabethan period. Shakespeare uses this form in his narrative poem The Rape of Lucrece (1594).
Very popular during the Tudor reign, and a major reference work. Contains histories of Edward I, Richard III; Cardinal Wolsey, Duke of Clarence, etc. First published in 1559.
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