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DELONEY, THOMAS. The Delightful, Princely and Entertaining History of the Gentle-Craft . . . Shewing What Famous Men have been Shooe-Makers in old Time [sic]. 3 large woodcuts on first 2 leaves and 17 illustrations in text. 166,  pages. 12mo, 138x85 mm, contemporary sheep, quite worn, backstrip chipped, covers detached; contents toned or browned with occasional soiling and light dampstaining, horizontal strip excised and restored on second leaf affecting few lines of verse below illustrations on recto and verso, front free endpaper and first leaf loose. 19th-century armorial bookplate of James Walsh, F.S.A. F.R.A.S., and signature of Blanche Hazard Sprague. London: J. Rhodes, 1725
Later edition of the first part of a collection of stories of historical or legendary shoemakers, originally published in 2 parts in the late 1590s. Deloney (circa 1543-1600) was a silk-weaver and author of popular ballads and fiction about tradesmen.