The new history of the Trojan Wars, and Troy's destruction.

(Chapbook, illustrated)

The new history of the Trojan Wars, and Troy's destruction.

In four books. Containing, I. An Account of the Birth, Life, Death, and Glorious Actions of the Mighty Hercules of Greece. II. The Renowned and Valiant Deeds of the most famous Hector of Troy. III. The Rape of Fair Helen of Greece; together with the last Destruction of Troy, by the Stratagem of the Wooden Horse. IV. The Arrival of Brute in Britain, and how he conquered Albion and his Giants, and built Troynovant, now London. To which is added, The Siege of Troy, a tragi-comedy, as it has been often acted with great Applause.

Description: 4 attractive full-page woodcuts of Hercules (frontispiece), Hector and Ajax, Aeneas carrying his father, and the victorious Greeks on the battlefield, decorated ornaments, marginal traces of binding glue to first and last two leaves, 2 parts in 1, separate titles, pp. 144 (bookseller's advertisement on A1 recto); 24, 12mo, contemporary sheep, double blind ruled, small lost at head and foot of spine, joints split at foot.

Publication Details: London: Printed for Sarah Bates, at the Sun and Bible in Giltspur-Street; and James Hodges, at the Looking-Glass on London Bridge, 1735

Notes: A very good, fresh, clean copy of this scarce, beautifully illustrated chapbook on the popular history of the Trojan wars – a long-standing British nationalist myth. The unknown author provides an account of the deeds of Hercules, who saves the daughter of the King of Troy, and of Hector, the rape of Helen, the siege and the Trojan horse, ending with the arrival of the Trojan Brutus in Albion. Based on Geoffrey of Monmouth's 'Historia regum Britanniae' (1136-8), the story of Brutus's defeat of Albion's giants Gog and Magog (statues of which were erected at Guildhall), the renaming of the isl...more

Bibliography: (ESTC T66387)

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Price: £2,000

Subject: History

Published Date: 1735

Stock Number: 65911

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