London: W. Rastell (i.e. Jhon Kingston), 1533 (i.e. 1559). Folio (276 x 186 mm). Part one (of two) only. , 369 pp. (lacking title-page which has been supplied in MS on 19th-century wove paper, ruled in red). Collation: A-B6 a-z6 A-G6 H4. Outer margins of fols. A2-4 amateurishly extended with old paper; fore-edge margins of A5-B8 with rust corrosion, perhaps from early metal catches or clasps (?); e5 with 3" repaired tear; o5 with hole in fore-margin (not objectionable); v5 with paper defect with loss of a portion of the blank lower margin (not objectionable); some staining / soiling throughout (large ink blot in n3-4); wear edges of textblock in the first four or five gatherings; final leaf with old repair in lower blank margin. Early 20th-century smooth calf binding (scuffed, headcap chipped). A good-minus copy, priced accordingly. Good. Item #3597
ENGLISH BLACK-LETTER PRINTING WITH NUMEROUS ENGRAVED INITIALS IN THE TEXT AND SOME CONTEMPORARY ANNOTATIONS IN THE MARGINS. Although the nineteenth-century manuscript title-page claims that the book was printed by Rastell in 1533 (the second edition), in fact the present copy was printed in 1559 by Jhon Kingston. The present copy is vol. 1 only (of 2) and has condition issues, but it is sturdily bound; we believe it is priced correctly, and that it is perfectly suitable for research, class instruction, and exhibition. This is apparently the only 16th-century edition of Fabyan's great Chronicle currently available on the market.
Our copy has a pasted overslip on c5r (p. 32), col. 2, which is further affixed by means of an old pin or nail.
Fabyan's Chronicles are "unique in marking a shift from history as a literary representation of the visual [...] to history as a truly literary form. The comparison of different sources throughout the chronicle, and the importance placed on developing historical themes, are further indications of a changed perspective. It is through The 'Newe Cronycles' that the London chronicle tradition was transmitted to the later English renaissance writers." (Oxford DNB)
As per ESTC S122517: some sheets in vol. 1 are in two settings; e.g. d3r col. 1 line 7 has "slain" or "slayn" (the present copy); o1r col. 2 line 1 ends "Englishe" or "English" (the present copy).
Inscribed on title-page: "John Evans his book 1842 July 22" and with his engraved bookplate affixed -- John Poindexter Landers (ink inscription on front flyleaf).