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Engraved title-page to Thomas Fuller, 'The Historie of the Holy Warre' (Cambridge, 1639); title top centre between two columns; top left, portrait in an oval of Godfrey de Bouillon, wearing helmet and armour and holding aloft a crown, and inscribed 'No crown of gold where Christ was crowned with thorns'; top right, portrait in an oval of Saladin, wearing turban and armour and holding aloft a shirt, and inscribed 'This black shirt is all Saladine conquerour of the East hath to his Graue'; in the centre, between two columns, a landscape of hills and trees; at the top, a church, inscribed 'Europe', and 'Vestigia pauca retrorsum'; on the left of the church a sack full of coins, inscribed 'We went out full'; on the right of the church, an empty sack, inscribed 'But return empty'; from the church, a procession of paupers, children, women, monks, priests, soldiers and royalty, some on horseback, descend along a winding track, towards 'The Temple of the Sepulchre', at the entrance to which is Peter the Hermit, represented twice, once holding a trumpet towards the ground, once towards the sky, and with the inscription 'I sound to myself a Retreat / to others a March'; on the right of the scene, numerous figures being slain, some by Death, some by an Angel, and some by a Turk; at the base of the two main columns, coats of arms, one with a cross and the inscription 'We hope a Gaining', the other a crescent and the inscription 'We hope a wanting'.
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Height: 270 millimetres (trimmed)
Width: 159 millimetres (trimmed)
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- The title-page is explained in 'A declaration of the Frontispiece' on the facing page.
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Associated Title: The Historie of the Holy Warre (first edition)
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