The first and second volumes of Chronicles, comprising 1 The description and historie of England, 2 The description and historie of Ireland, 3 The description and historie of Scotland: first collected and published by Raphaell Holinshed, William Harrison, and others: now newlie augmented and continued (with manifold matters of singular note and worthie memorie) to the yeare 1586. by Iohn Hooker aliàs Vowell Gent. and others. With conuenient tables at the end of these volumes.
Compiled by Holinshed, William Harrison, and Richard Stanyhurst. Edited by John Hooker, who continued the work to 1586, with the assistance of Francis Thynne on the Scottish continuations, and with Thynne, Abraham Fleming and John Stow on the other portions of the book.
Printer's name from STC; rest of imprint from colophon.
Vol. 2 has imprint date 1586.
The first leaf and the last leaf of vol. 1, the last leaf of vol. 2, the leaf preceding the index in vol. 3 (leaf 7O4), and the last leaf of vol. 3 are blank.
Vol. 1: "The historie of England" has separate title page, pagination, and register. Vol. 2 has title "The second volume of chronicles: ..."; "The Irish historie composed and written by Giraldus Cambrensis, and translated into English ... by Iohn Hooker" has separate title page and pagination; p. 61 of the previous section is printed on A1; the "Irish historie" title page is a singleton, usually bound between A1 and A2. "The description of Scotland, written at the first by Hector Boetius in Latine, and afterward translated into the Scotish speech by Iohn Bellenden, ... and now finallie into English by R.H. ..." has separate pagination, register, and title page dated 1585. Within this series, "The historie of Scotland" has separate title page dated 1585. Vol. 3 has title "The third volume of chronicles, ...".
Vol. 2: 2Q3-4 are cancelled by a leaf paginated 421 (recto) and 424 (verso); 2R3-4 are cancelled by a leaf paginated 438/431; 2S2-5 are cancelled by two leaves paginated 443/444 and 445/450. Vol. 3: 6M3-4 are cancelled by a leaf paginated 1328/1330; quires 6V-7I are cancelled by four leaves paginated 1419/1420, 1421/1490, 1491/1536, and 1537/1538; quires 7L-7M are cancelled by three leaves paginated 1551/1552, 1553/1554, 1555/1574. The cancelled leaves were reprinted three times in the eighteenth century; for general descriptions of these see "The Library", ser. 5, XII (1958), p. 120-4. There may be undocumented eighteenth-century reprints of quire 7K; see "Huntington Library Quarterly", Fall 1992, p. 569 (concerning Huntington copy 61510).
Titlepage of vol. 3 reads: The third volume of Chronicles, beginning at duke William the Norman, commonlie called the Conqueror; and descending by degrees of yeeres to all the kings and queenes of England in their orderlie successions: first compiled by Raphaell Holinshed, an by him extended to the yeare 1577. Now newlie recognised, augmented, and continued (with occurrences and accidents of fresh memorie) to the yeare 1586. Wherein also are conteined manie matters of singular discourse and rare obseruation, fruitfull to such as be studious in antiquities, or take pleasure in the grounds of ancient histories. With a third table (peculiarlie seruing this third volume) both of names and matters memorable.
Signatures: A-Y⁶, ²A-R⁶; ³A-E⁶, ⁴A⁶(⁴A1+chi1) ⁴B-Q⁶ ³R², ⁵A-V⁶ 2A-2N⁶ 2O⁴ 2P⁶ 2Q⁶(-2Q3.4+'2Q3') 2R⁶(-2R3.4+'2R3') 2S⁶(-2S2-5+'2S2',3) 2T⁶, ⁶A⁶ ⁶B⁸ *⁶ [par.]⁸; ⁷A-V⁶ ²2A-2V⁶ 3A-3V⁶ 4A-4V⁶ 5A-5V⁶ 6A-6L⁶ 6M⁶(-6M3.4+'6M3') 6N-6T⁶ 6V⁶(-6V⁶+'6V1') 7A-7I⁶(-7A-7I⁶+'A,B,C,D,E'1,2,3) 7K⁶ 7L-7M⁶(-7L-7M⁶+7L²,7M1) 7N⁶ 7O⁴, ⁸C-G⁶.
L. Harrison's rights ass'd to Woodcock 15 July 1587; the revision entered to all 5 stationers in imprint 6 October 1584 and to Newbery and Denham 30 December 1584.
STC (2nd ed.), 13569
title page ; Mantell presentation label Digital image. Wellington, N.Z. : National Library of New Zealand.
Microfilm. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International, 1946. 1 microfilm reel; 35mm. (Early English books, 1475-1640: 265-273).
Alexander Turnbull Library SPC copy 1 bound in 2 vol.; lacks separate title page for "The historie of England". Copy specific details available on request from Curator, Special Printed Collections. Binding: calf, blind and gold tooled. Spine title: Holinshed's chronicles. Provenance: armorial bookplate of Sr. John Mordaunt, Bart.; bookplate of Alex H. Turnbull. Acc. 394129-394130.
Alexander Turnbull Library SPC copy 2 bound in 2 vol.; lacks main title page and dedication, some other leaves lacking and some have been replaced by handwritten pages. Most of the description of Britaine is misbound at the end of the volume following The historie of Scotland. Copy specific details available on request from Curator, Special Printed Collections. Binding: 1/2 calf, blind tooled, spine gold tooled, purple moiré book cloth, red and black goatskin spine labels. Spine title: Holinshed's chronicles. Provenance: armorial bookplate of John Adair Hawkins on verso of the t.p. for "The Historie of England"; presented to the Library of the General Assembly by the Hon. Walter Baldock Durrant Mantell, January 1867; bookplate and bookstamps of the General Assembly Library. Acc. 153118-9
Digital image available: title page, Alexander Turnbull Library SPC copy 2, v.1. Details on request from Curator, Special Printed Collections.
Digital image available: Mantell presentation label, Alexander Turnbull Library SPC copy 2, v.1. Details on request from Curator, Special Printed Collections.
Digital Collection 81268192800002836 Alma Collection
Other Titles: Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Irelande; Historie of England; Irish historie; Description of Scotland; Historie of Scotland
Publisher: [[London] : Finished in Ianuarie 1587, and the 29 of the Queenes Maiesties reigne, with the full continuation of the former yeares, at the expenses of Iohn Harison, George Bishop, Rafe Newberie, Henrie Denham, and Thomas VVoodcocke. At London printed [by Henry Denham] in Aldersgate street at the signe of the Starre, ]
Format: 3 v. (vol. 1: , 250; , 202,  p.; vol. 2: 61, , 183, ; 421, 424-430, 436-438, 431-433, 439-445, 450-464,  p.; vol. 3: , 1080, 1080-1327, , 1332-1371, 1371-1421, 1490-1491, 1536-1555, 1574-1592,  p.) ;36 cm. (2⁰)See original record