The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England,

Clarendon (Edward, Earl of)

The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England,

begun in the Year 1641. With the precedent Passages, and Actions, that contributed thereunto, and the happy End, and Conclusion thereof by the King's blessed Restoration, and Return upon the 29th of May, in the Year 1660. [3 Vols.]

Description: FIRST EDITION, mixed printings (see below), engraved portrait frontispiece in each volume, ruled in red throughout, ownership stamps of James Smyth dated 1756 in margin of each title-page, occasional minor soiling, faint dampmark in gutter of vol. ii, pp.[iv], xxiii, 557; [xvi], 581; [xxiv], 603, [xxi] (index), folio, contemporary panelled calf, marbled endpapers, black morocco lettering pieces, tidy repairs to spine ends (the top compartments on vols. ii and iii renewed), a little rubbed and marked, bookplates of Robert Smyth of Gaybrook, very good

Publication Details: Oxford: at the Theater, 1704

Notes: 'The first edition was printed, not from the originals, but from a transcript of them made under Clarendon's supervision by his secretary, William Shaw. This was copied for the printers under the supervision of the Earl of Rochester, who received some assistance in editing it from Dr. Aldrich, dean of Christ Church, and Sprat, Bishop of Rochester. The editor, in accordance with the discretion given them by Clarendon's will, softened and altered a few expressions, but made no material changes in the text...' (DNB) Described by Lowndes as 'one of the noblest historical works of the English natio...more

Bibliography: (Lowndes 467; Davies 305; ESTC T53940, T147810, T147811)

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Price: £1,250

Subject: History

Published Date: 1704

Stock Number: 52926

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