Froissart, Sir John.


of England, France and the Adjoining Countries, From the Latter Part of the Reign of Edward II. to the Coronation of Henry VI. Newly Translated From the best French Editions, with Variations and Additions from many celebrated Manuscripts by Thomas Johnes. [Vol 4 bound with] MEMOIRS OF THE LIFE OF SIR JOHN FROISSART: To Which is added, Some Account of the Manuscript of His Chronicle in the Elizabethan Library at Breslau, and a Complete Index. The Hafod Press By James Henderson ... 1803-4-5-10.
1st Johnes Ed. 5 vols. bound in 4. 4to. xxiv + 835pp. + xxvi + 744pp. + xx + 656pp. + 692pp. [With] Life [iv] + 221pp. + [iii]. T.p. copper engraved vignettes of Hafod House, 2 maps, 58 tinted aquatint plates many signed by John Harris. Some light browning and offsetting, marbled, from the library of John Cule, intricate gilt tooled turn-ins, sumptious contemporary binding in polished Russian leather, gilt ruling and detailed blind filet to edges of boards, minor wear and marking to boards, dec. gilt filleted raised bands with intricate blind dec. compartments and gilt lettering to spines, minor wear to joints with sl. cracking to tail of joint of vol. 4., vol. 1 discreetly rebacked with original spine laid down, a.e.g., handsome set. With the bookplates of Mary Ann Cotton Sheppard, wife of Baronet Sir Thomas Cotton Sheppard. Lowndes 843; Brunet (1861) 1407. ODNB ‘... Despite Johnes's rather tame (and in Walter Scott's words, 'over-genteel') style, he remains the only man to have undertaken the formidable task of translating Froissart's Chronicles in their entirety, and the appearance of subsequent editions until 1906 testifies to their worth ...’ Member of Parliament and Lord-Lieutenant of Cardiganshire, Thomas Johnes is best known for the development of the wooded and landscaped Hafod Estate in Ceredigion towards the close of the eighteenth century, dying on the 23 April 1816 aged 68 years. He left a legacy which is still preserved in the Hafod landscape, and in the collection of Hafod Press. The first private press in Wales (1803–10), founded by Johnes (1748–1816) on his estate at Pwllpeiran, Cardiganshire, to print his own writings and translations. Set up presumably early in 1803 at about a mile and a half from the house, with the careful craftsman James Henderson employed as printer during the seven years of its existence. It was here that the above work was the first printed output of the press in four instalments from 1803 onwards, and ‘Memoirs of the life of Sir John Froissart’ in 1810.
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