John Rastell (1475-1536).
Title The Four Elements. Edited by Roger Coleman.
Book Condition Collectible: Very Good
Edition First Edition
Publisher Cambridge: University Printing House, 1971
Illustrator Charles Keeping.
Seller ID CH814-301
LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies. 8vo. 10 x 7 1/4 inches. 73 pp. Rastell's printer's device in red on the title page, and another in black on page 9, an example of Rastell's music printing on page 19, 5 full-page illustrations printed in red, 1 and a half pages of printed music for the song "Time to Pass with Goodly Sport" on pages 66 and 67; text clean, unmarked. Quarter red cloth, printed paper over boards, spine titled in gilt, mauve end papers; binding square and tight, spine very lightly faded. Very Good. Foreword by Brooke Crutchley; Introduction by Roger Coleman; illustrated by Charles Keeping. John Rastell was an English printer, author, member of Parliament, and barrister. This is a modern edition of Rastell's morality play, The Four Elements, written about 1519. Rastell was also the first English printer of polyphonic music. The practice of printing music from a single impression (i.e.: using pieces of type that print staves, notes and text together), was apparently first practiced by Rastell in London about 1520. REFERENCE: Crutchley, A Printer's Christmas Books, p. 39.
The Four Elements, John Rastell, Brooke Crutchley, Cambridge University Press, Fine Press, Limited Edition, Cambridge Christmas Book, Roger Coleman