[Pied Piper]. Verstegan, Richard. A Restitution of Decayed Intelligence...

[Pied Piper]. Verstegan, Richard. A Restitution of Decayed Intelligence: In Antiquities Concerning the Most Noble and Renowned English Nation. Antwerp: Bruney, 1605.


First Edition. First appearance of the Pied Piper of Hamelin [Pyed Pyper] in English. Curious volume also mentions Shakespeare and werewolves. Very good in early reverse-calf paneled in blind, label in gilt to spine, boards expertly reattached, light chipping to spine. Title with two closed tears near gutter, early ink to title and early notes to margins, mild and consistent age-tone, a few instances of light foxing. [24], 338, [14] pp., includes numerous engraved vignettes in-text and one plate of coat-of-arms (also included in pagination.). Considered to be “a seminal work of Anglo-Saxon scholarship” (ODNB) and the best edition for the quality and number of its engravings. With the armorial bookplate of Dorothy Peck Luckie. $1,000



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