The Historie of the World. In Five Bookes.

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The Historie of the World. In Five Bookes.

Complete bound in one volume. Additional elaborate engraved title-page, engraved portrait o the Author on letterpress title-page, double-page maps and battle-plans, "Mind of the Front" leaf trimmed close and laid down opposite opening title. Marginal notes. Light wear. Later half-calf, worn, upper cover and opening few leaves detached. Folio.

London: William Stansby for Walter Burre 1617

Est: $1,000 - $1,500
Written during his imprisonment in the Tower of London, the History of the World is Sir Walter Raleigh's most important prose work and aims to show history as a moral exercise. Initially, the work was intended to serve as an educational tool for Henry, Prince of Wales (1594-1612) and includes numerous references to warfare, law and kingship. It consists of five books nearing one million words in total and was first published in 1614. <<A cornerstone of historiography - one of the great works printed in England in the beginning of the 17th-century.>>