A mirour for magistrates : being a true chronicle historie of the vntimely falles of such vnfortunate princes and men of note, as haue happened since the first entrance of Brute into this iland, vntill this our latter age : newly enlarged with a last part, called A winter nights vision, being an addition of such tragedies, especially famous, as are exempted in the former historie, with a poem annexed, called Englands Eliza.
- Standardized Title:
- Mirrour for magistrates.
- Other Title:
- Mirror for magistrates
- At London : Imprinted by Felix Kyngston, 1610.
, 875,  p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
- Great Britain -- History -- Poetry.
Great Britain -- Kings and rulers -- Poetry.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Sources.
Political ethics -- Early works to 1800.
- Place of Publication:
- England London.
- A collection of 91 legends in verse.
First published in 1559 as A Myrrour for magistrates (STC 1247) by William Baldwin and others. This was originally a continuation of Fall of princes, a translation of Boccaccio's De casibus illustrium virorum by John Lydgate and makes up the third part of the present work, entitled: "The variable fortune and unhappie falles of such princes as hath happened since the conquest". The first and second parts were added later by John Higgins and Thomas Blenerhasset respectively. "A winter nights vision" and "Englands Eliza" were written by Richard Niccols who also edited the whole work.
"The variable fortune and unhappie falles of such princes as hath happened since the conquest" (p. 251-548) has a separate title page dated 1609; "A winter nights vision" (p. 549-658) and "Englands Eliza" (p. 659-875) have separate title pages dated 1610.
Signatures: A⁸ B² C-2N⁸ 2O⁸(±2O4) 2P-3K⁸ 3L⁶.
The cancel leaf 2O4 is a dedication to the Earl of Nottingham, replacing the cancellandum dedication to Henry, Prince of Wales.
Leaf 3E3 is uncancelled, has verso, lines 10-11 with phrase: "and by an analysis of euery chiefe exploit inserted in their proper places"; the recto is signed: Niccols. Variants have 3E3 cancelled and lack the phrase. The cancel is in two states: 1) recto is signed: Niccols; 2) recto is signed: Nicols.
Printer's device (McK. no. 274) on t.-p.
Woodcuts: ports., initials, devices and head-pieces.
Pages 122 and 645 misnumbered 128 and 030.
"Faults escaped": verso of leaf B2.
- Local notes:
- Furness copy 1: the cancellandum leaf 3E3 has been marked for removal with a slash but mended by an owner.
Furness copy 1 has the dedication to the Earl of Nottingham (cancel leaf 2O4) misbound following the title leaf.
Furness copy 2 imperfect: leaves F6-G2 ("How Queen Cordila in despaire slew herselfe, the yeare before Christ, 800.") only.
- Penn Provenance:
- Furness, Horace Howard (autograph) (bookplate) (Furness copy 1)
Furness, Horace Howard, Jr. (donor) (Furness copy 1)
Furness, Louise Brooks Winsor (donor) (Furness copy 1)
Tilly(?), Elizabeth (autograph) (Furness copy 1)
Kelson(?), Thomas (autograph, 1732)
- Penn Chronology:
- Cited in:
- STC (2nd ed.) 13446
STC (2nd ed.) 18526
- Niccols, Richard, 1584-1616.
Baldwin, William, ca. 1518-1563?
Higgins, John, fl. 1570-1602.
STC Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
- Niccols, Richard, 1584-1616. Englands Eliza.
Niccols, Richard, 1584-1616. Winter nights vision.
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