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Langland, William.
THE VISION OF PIERCE PLOWMAN, NEWLYE IMPRYNTED AFTER THE AUTHOURS OLDE COPY, WITH A BREFE SUMMARY OF THE PRINCIPALL MATTERS SET BEFORE EUERY PART CALLED PASSUS. WHEREVNTO IS ALSO ANNEXED THE CREDE OF PIERCE PLOWMAN, NEUER IMPRINTED WITH THE BOOKE BEFORE. OWEN ROGERS, 1561
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 5,625 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
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Langland, William.
THE VISION OF PIERCE PLOWMAN, NEWLYE IMPRYNTED AFTER THE AUTHOURS OLDE COPY, WITH A BREFE SUMMARY OF THE PRINCIPALL MATTERS SET BEFORE EUERY PART CALLED PASSUS. WHEREVNTO IS ALSO ANNEXED THE CREDE OF PIERCE PLOWMAN, NEUER IMPRINTED WITH THE BOOKE BEFORE. OWEN ROGERS, 1561
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 5,625 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Langland, William.
THE VISION OF PIERCE PLOWMAN, NEWLYE IMPRYNTED AFTER THE AUTHOURS OLDE COPY, WITH A BREFE SUMMARY OF THE PRINCIPALL MATTERS SET BEFORE EUERY PART CALLED PASSUS. WHEREVNTO IS ALSO ANNEXED THE CREDE OF PIERCE PLOWMAN, NEUER IMPRINTED WITH THE BOOKE BEFORE. OWEN ROGERS, 1561

4to (190 x 136mm.), third edition, black letter, woodcut initials, without Pierce the Plowman's Crede at the end, antique blind-stamped calf,  speckled edges, dark green endpapers, occasional spotting and browning, upper joint partially cracked, wear to edges of binding


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Provenance

J.J. Conybeare,  ownership signature on front endpaper, 1809; later signature "R.A. Potts" with inscription, endpaper

Literature

STC 19908;   Pforzheimer 799 (also lacking the Crede); Hayward 12 

Catalogue Note

fourth edition of the most important work in middle english aside from chaucer's "canterbury tales".

This copy, as is often the case, lacks the Crede called for in the title, and present in some copies (actually a reprint of STC 19904). Pierce the Ploughman's Crede is a further alliterative poem by an unknown author, heavily influenced by Langland, to whom it pays tribute. It is often absent in this edition owing to its being proscribed for its Wycliffite doctrine and sustained social criticism.

Bound in at the end is the single leaf  "Song. Penned by John Grange", given as "Imprynted at London by Henry Bynneman, 1577", but apparently a ninteenth-century printing.

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