Memoirs Of The Last Two Years Of The Reign Of King Charles I.
Printed for G. and W. Nicol, Pall-Mall; by W. Bulmer and Co. Cleveland-Row. St. James's.
By sir thomas herbert, groom of the chamber to his majesty. to which is added, a particular account of the funeral of the king, in a letter from sir thomas herbert to sir william dugdale.
FIRST EDITION THUS. 8vo. 6 x 9 inches. viii + 222 pp. Bound in half calf over green marbled boards; spine in compartments with raised bands, decorated by gilt bands, with contrasting morocco title label, gilt. Deckled edges. A little wear to extremities, browning of edges and traces of margin foxing; otherwise a very good copy. Armourial bookplate of Alexander Meyrick Broadley. Inscription and early notes on book and content in two different hands on blank third free endpaper and occasional margin comments. Illustrated by portrait frontispiece, which is slightly smaller than page size of present work. Sir Thomas Herbert (1606-82), of York, travelled on a diplomatic mission to Persia in 1626 and published an account of his travels. In the Civil War, he supported the cause of Parliament and in 1646, he attended the King as a Parliamentary Commissioner. Herbert then decided to enter his service and hence was at the side of Charles I for the two years until his execution. The work was first published as Threnodia Carolina in 1678 and under the Memoirs title in 1702 and 1711. This first Nicol edition was edited by George Nicol (1740?-1828), who signed the Advertisement. Nicol was the well known bookseller to George III, 1781-1820 and the book was printed by his partner (until 1819), William Bulmer (1757-1830), printer and typographer, both being involved in the Boydell Shakespeare project. This copy was owned by Alexander Meyrick Broadley (1847-1916), barrister and book collector, of The Knapp, Bradpole, Dorset.
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