Cambridge: Printed by Roger Daniel for John Williams, 1642.
First edition. Quarto. (xii), 441p. Pages box ruled. Engraved title, typographic title, engraved plate of the Prince of Wales's feathers, 18 engraved vignette portraits and two portrait plates, head-pieces and initials to the beginning of each book. In a sombre binding by Charles Lewis in full black morocco with gilt spine titles, a.e.g. Minor toning and soil to text, binding sound and fine. Item #23853
With three bookplates, one of William Lucy of Charlecote in Warwickshire (1594-1677), fourth son of Thomas Lucy of Charlecote, grandson of Shakespeare, and another member of the same family, and one of John Page Woodbury (1827-1910).
"This curious book is a sort of blend of the abstract 'Character' popular at the time, and of examples which are practically short stories with real heroes and heroines, Monica or John of Naples, Andronicus Commenus or Drake'. It is said to have been Fuller's most popular work." Pforzheimer 392; Wing F2443.