Thomas, William, Clerk of the Council to Edward VI (d. 1554) The Historye of Italye. London: Imprinted in Flete-strete nere to Saicnt Dunstans Church by Thomas Marshe, 1561. Second edition, title page printed within woodcut compartment, bound in full later calf, front board detached, some small piercing wormholes, lacking two blanks, 6 7/8 x 5 in.
Thomas spent five years abroad traveling in Italy and France in the 1540s. He was a scholar of Italian history and language, and a clerk of the Privy Council under Edward VI. Thomas was executed for treason after the collapse of Wyatt's Rebellion under Mary I. His History of Italy is believed to have been suppressed and publicly burned, likely after his execution, however, it was subsequently reprinted, as in the present example by Thomas Marshe in 1561.
A3 (lacking A4 blank), [para]4, A-S4, T3 (lacking T4 blank), U-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Hhh4, Iii2.
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