London: G. G. J. and J. Robinson, 1787. First edition. A few woodcut illustrations. Marbled paper over boards with leather spine and fore corners. Quarto. Two volumes bound together in later marbled paper over boards with leather spine and fore corners, Spine titled in gilt on maroon label, gilt spine rules, 4 raised bands. Moderate rubs to extremities, leather joints, and leather fore corners.
The first edition of this fantastic collection of medieval letters providing valuable primary source documentation on life in England during the Wars of the Roses and the early Tudor period.
Two volumes bound in one. The letters are the correspondence of the Paston family of Norfolk gentry and others connected with them in England between the years 1422 and 1509. Fold-out Pedigree of the Paston Family of Norfolk at beginning of volume I, hand colored frontispiece in volume II. Bookplate of prominent Philadelphian Lewis Richard Ashhurst on front pastedown.