London: Printed for T. Sabine, [n.d., ca. 1790?]. No edition indicated, though this seems to be the earliest T. Sabine edition. Date from ESTC. A later edition, in octavo format with 119 pages, was also published under the T. Sabine and Son imprint. ESTC estimates the date of the octavo edition to be about 1800 and lists copies at the National Library of Scotland and at the Bodleian Library. ESTC lists three copies of the present edition: one at Cambridge, one at King’s College, and one at Harvard. OCLC lists an additional copy at the Bodleian Library. With a woodcut frontispiece, 44 half-page woodcuts, and 12 tailpieces. Some foxing and toning throughout, as usual, and some offsetting from illustrations, but overall a very good, tight copy of a scarce book. Attractively rebound by Philip Dusel in sprinkled sheep with nineteenth-century red morocco spine label. Twelvemo. 144 pp. Item #16732
The Seaven Champions of Christendome was first published by Richard Johnson (fl. 1592–1622) in two parts in 1596 and 1597, respectively. The seven champions are the patron saints of seven nations: St. George of England, St. Denis of France, St. James of Spain, St. Anthony of Italy, St. Andrew of Scotland, St. Patrick of Ireland, and St. David of Wales. The story was extremely popular and remained continuously in print from various publishers for over three centuries (Oxford DNB). The illustrations included in the present edition seem to be from at least two or three earlier printings.