The Abridgement of the English Chronicle, first collected by M. John Stow, and after him augmented with very many memorable Antiquities, and continued with Matters forreine and domesticall, unto the Beginning of the Yeare, 1618.  By E[dmund] H[owes] Gentleman. …

London, for the Company of Stationers, 1618. 

8vo, pp. [12], 464, 467-486, 489-568, [42], wanting the blanks A1, A8 and 2Q8; printed in black letter; very good copy in dark contemporary sheep, neatly (if a little tightly) rebacked and edges renewed; bookplates of Henry Devenish Harben and Eric Gerald Stanley, professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford.

£1250

Approximately:
US $1573€1460

Add to basket Make an enquiry

Added to your basket:
The Abridgement of the English Chronicle, first collected by M. John Stow, and after him augmented with very many memorable Antiquities, and continued with Matters forreine and domesticall, unto the Beginning of the Yeare, 1618.  By E[dmund] H[owes] Gentleman. …

Checkout now

Stow’s Summarie of Englyshe Chronicles first appeared in 1565 and the Abridgement was frequently reprinted and supplemented by the author and, from 1602, by Edmund Howes until this, the final edition, in 1618. 

‘Howes’s continuation of the Abridgement includes a mix of elements.  Odd events such as the birth of lion cubs in the Tower of London and the discovery of a whale’s dead body far up the Thames estuary, in which one might see omens or the hand of God, contrast with lengthy discussions of important political events such as the Gunpowder Plot, the creation of the East India Company, and news from Virginia, where Stow had chronicled the history of English efforts at colonization from 1584 to his date of writing’ (Oxford DNB).  Among the final entries is the report (April 1618) of Lord Delaware’s second voyage to Virginia (he was to die en route though news did not reach England until October): ‘he builded a very faire shippe, and went now in it himselfe, and after him went Captaine Henry Spilman [Spelman, who was rescued by Pocahontas] with thirty persons, this Captaine Spilman had been formerly tenne yeares in Virginia, knew most of the Kings of that Country, and spake their Languages very understandingly’. 

STC 23332; Alden 618/128. 

You may also be interested in...