AUTHOR: STRADA Famianus
TITLE: De Bello Belgico. The History of the Low-Countrey Warres.
PUBLISHER: London: for Humphrey Moseley, 1650.
DESCRIPTION: FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. 1 vol., folio, 11-1/2" x 7-5/8", (v)144,84,58,24pp(xii), complete with the 14 engraved portrait plates, some minor foxing but generally clean and bright throughout. Bound in full contemporary paneled calf over cords, rebacked at an earlier date, gilt lettered red morocco spine label.
CONDITION: Hinges rubbed but fine, head and foot of spine fine, overall a VERY GOOD copy.
REFERENCE: Wing S5777
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Famiano Strada (1572-1649) was an Italian Jesuit historian who wrote "De Bello Belgico" in Latin in 1602, although it was not published until 1632. Playwright Sir Robert Stapylton (1607-1669) translated it into English. The book is an account of the 16th-century revolt of the Netherlands against the rule of Philip II of Spain. Stapylton translated Strada's marginal notes, adapting them to English readership.