London: Printed for Anne Brewster, 1680. 3rd edition (Wing M1397). 96, 93 - 156 [= 160] pp. 8vo: A - K8. Modern brown half-calf with marbled boards. Speckled edges. Modest wear to binding, offest to eps, otherwise VG+ - Nr Fine. Textblock: hint of age-toning & soiling, VG - VG+. Item #49498
May "was an English poet, dramatist and historian. Partly as a result of his early pamphleteering, May was commissioned by the House of Commons to compose a History of the Parliament, which appeared in 1647 in Folio. 'A shining example of rhetorical humanist historiography...May presented recent English history as the wrecking of a peaceful and prosperous Elizabethan polity by the greed and stupidity of the Stuarts. In 1650 May published a revised history of Parliament eschewing (for the most part) classical citations and other rhetorical adornments in favour of a curt, Latin prose style. First published in Latin in April 1650, the Breviarium was swiftly rendered to English, in June 1650."
A rare edition of May's work, printed for one "Anne Brewster", with RBH showing 1980 as the last time it records such an offering.
Curiously enough, OCLC shows no other titles printed for Ms Brewster.