FIRST EDITION, 4to, ff. [iii], 33. Nineteenth-century half sheep, marbled boards, red morocco label to spine. Final leaf of text cropped at fore-margin, outer pages dust-soiled, a bit of soiling elsewhere as well. Extremities rubbed, small scrapes to spine. Armorial bookplate of the North Library at Shirburn Castle to front pastedown, occasional doodles in the margins in an early hand (cropped), including several complete alphabets.
The Macclesfield copy of Roger Ascham's second published work, 'a pioneering essay in pragmatic political history in which the subject matter was ordered not chronologically but according to the author's understanding of its importance judged in terms of cause and effect, and which certainly provided instructive lessons' (ODNB). Ascham (1514-1568) was secretary to the ambassador to the court of Charles V in the early 1550s and this is a fragment of the history he was keeping at the time though, like all his other writings, it was only published posthumously. 'Although now rarely read, Ascham's incomplete 'A Report and Discouse of the State of Germany'...stands as a pioneering example of early English responses to the new methods of continental historiography and as an enlightened precursor for the English histories of Bacon and Camden' (Hadfield, Shakespeare and Renaissance Europe', p. 72).